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Higher Education law/ University law

Higher Education Law/University Law is fundamental for those students having trouble with the process of admission at a certain university, or struggling with contestations of exams.

Related problems can lead into the filing of a lawsuit against the university or college.

Other legal questions regarding the university fees, BAföG funding, exam performance etc. also need to be clarified in administrative procedures and (in some urgent cases) before administrative courts.

Higher Education Law is part of the administrative law, starting in the Basic Law, through the German Higher Education Framework Act, to the national law, all the way up to the licensing and examination regulations.

Legal services regarding Higher Education Law

Our team of experts can provide you the following services:

  • Examination of certificate´s acknowledgements;
  • Out-of-court , resolution of problems;
  • Contestation, claim, interlocutory injunctions;
  • University entrance sues, student placement complains;
  • Other proceedings against the universities or other foundations for Higher Education (SHZ);
  • Examination of the de-registration process;
  • Educational support;
  • Examination matters and  doctoral/habilitation procedures;
  • Change of location and / or change of faculty;
  • Preparation of particular applications to the Foundation for Higher Education;
  • General PhD and postdoctoral qualifications rights;
  • Academics courses law;
  • Admission to an examination;
  • Utilization of derogations
  • Problems with admission requirements for a subject of study,
  • General issues and problems regarding Higher Educational Law

Federal Law on Higher Education rights

At a federal level, the current code is the German Higher Education Framework Act (Hochschulrahmengesetz), however, Art. 125a (2) of the Basic Law replace this federal law by national law. Only in the area of ​​university admission and university degrees, the legislative competence (according to Art. 74 I No. 3 Basic Law) has remained with the Federal Legislature.

National Higher Education Law

The state legislators have all made use of their legislative competences for the reform of federalism:

Baden-Württemberg (Act on Universities of Baden-Wuerttemberg of 1 January 2005, as last amended by Law of 1 April 2014)


Bavaria (Bavarian Higher Education Act of 23 May 2006, as last amended by Law of 22 July 2014)


Berlin (Act on Universities in the Land of Berlin, 26 July 2011)

Brandenburg (Law on the Universities of Brandenburg of 18 December 2008, as last amended by Law of 28 April 2014)


  • Foundation Law of the European University Viadrina (Law on the establishment of the Foundation "Europa-University of Viadrina Frankfurt (Oder) of 14 December 2007, as last amended by Law of 3 April 2009)

Bremen (Higher Education Act of Bremen of 9 May 2007, as last amended by Law of 26 March 2015)


Hamburg (Hamburg Higher Education Act of 18 July 2001, as last amended by Law of July 8, 2014)


Hessen (Higher Education Act of 14 December 2009, as last amended by the Law of 28 September 2014)


  •  TU Darmstadt Act (Law for the Organizational Development of the Technical University of Darmstadt, dated December 5, 2004, as last amended by the law of September 28, 2014)

Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (Act on the Universities of Mecklenburg-Western Pomerania of 25 January 2011, as last amended by Law of 22 June 2012)


Lower Saxony (Lower Saxony Higher Education Act of 26 February 2007, as last amended by Law of 11 December 2013)


  •  Law Lower Saxony Technical College (Law for the Construction of the Lower Saxony Technical University of 15 December 2008, as last amended by Law of 10 June 2010)
  • North Rhine-Westphalia (Law on Universities of North Rhine-Westphalia, September 16, 2014)

Rhineland-Palatinate (Higher Education Act, Rhineland-Palatinate  of 19 November 2010, as last amended by Law of 24 July 2014)


Saarland (Saarland University Law

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