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Examination Office

Address of the examination office of the Faculty of Law
Address of the State Judicial Examination Office
Regulations and statutes
Beginners' exercises: orientation and intermediate exams
Subsequent completion of housework
Beginner exercise as a prerequisite for admission to the advanced exercise
Exam Statistics
Explanation of the grades of law studies and exams


Information on how to contact the examination office.

  • The examination office is still closed to protect against infection! Please submit applications and other documents by post or as an attachment to an email. The examination office can be reached by phone and email (06221 54 7440 [email protected]), the student advisory service can also be reached by video conference by appointment (06221 54 7632 [email protected]) heiCONF or DFNconf).


Registration for the state examination: only apply for a certificate of study progress online

To register for the state examination in autumn, you need a so-called "study progress certificate" as proof of the study semester and vacation semester.

Please apply for such a certificate by email

[email protected]
Subject: Certificate of course of study
Matriculation number: XXXXXX
Address to which the certificate should be sent

You will then receive the certificate a few days later.


Access to files in the evaluation of the student thesis

At the moment, the examination office cannot inspect the justification for the evaluation of the study paper. Students who are particularly interested in quick knowledge (e.g. to prepare for a seminar presentation) should contact the Examinations Office by phone or email so that the files can be viewed electronically.


Application for graduation to the Magistra iuris / Magister iuris


Please issue a Compulsory internship certificate (by email, using the application form)


Participants in the state examination: At Grade improvement Re-registration for the next semester possible! Re-registration after passing the state examination:form



Welcome to the website of the Examination Office of the Law Faculty of Heidelberg University! Here you will find information on studying law and the accompanying subject public law (Bachelor 25%). Information on the Legum Magister in Law (for students with a foreign degree), the Master of Laws in International Law ( And Legum Magister in Corporate Restructuring as well as on the doctorate can be found on their own pages. The examination office of the law faculty was set up in 2004 as part of the dean's office to administer the university examination in the focus area. It also monitors the orientation and intermediate examinations to be taken during the course. Exercises and seminars will continue to be administered by the responsible chairs. The State Judicial Examination Office Baden-Württemberg in Stuttgart is responsible for conducting the state examination and merging the certificates from the specialty area examination and state examination for the first legal examination. Please also note the fact sheets of the State Judicial Examination Office on studies and exams. A List of useful forms you'll find here.

Closely related to examination monitoring is the Academic advicewhich you can find here.

Address of the examination office of the Faculty of Law

Examination office of the Faculty of Law
Friedrich-Ebert-Anlage 6-10 - room 20
69117 Heidelberg
Phone 06221-54 7440
Fax 06221-54 7654
[email protected]

Address of the State Judicial Examination Office

The examination office of the Faculty of Law organizes the university examination of specialty areas. The state examination as part of the first legal examination is held by the State Judicial Examination Office prepared and carried out.

Regulations, statutes, legal bases

Curriculum (Start of studies from winter semester 2017/18 only for the winter semester)


Beginners' exercises: orientation and intermediate exams

Participation in a beginner's exercise sets registration within the first twoWeeks of the lecture period ahead. Registration takes place via the Document function of the online course directory "LSF". Anyone who has already successfully participated in a beginner exercise is excluded from participating in the exercise in question again.

Details of the course of the exercises (also possible changes of dates) exclusively during the practice hours announced. In cases of doubt, the faculty's study advisors will provide information in their office hours.

Note: At this point it is once again expressly referred to Intermediate u.Orientation examination regulations pointed out and especially reminded that housework and exams are fundamentally in one exerciseare to be passed. Successful participation in the exams of the beginner's exercises in civil law, criminal law or public law or in a written exam in the green courses in civil law II or constitutional law II is required to pass the orientation test. The orientation test has to be taken in the 2nd semester and can be repeated once in the 3rd semester if it is not passed.

Successful participation in the intermediate examination requires a term paper and a written exam as part of the exercises for beginners in civil law, public law and criminal law (Section 2 (1) sentence 1, Section 5 (1) sentence 1 ZwiPO) to be passed by the end of the 4th semester. Anyone who has not yet taken part in the examinations (= exercises) by then, i.e. has not attempted an examination, has not passed the intermediate examination (in the relevant subject) (Section 5 (1) sentence 2 ZwiPO). Anyone who has taken part in the exercises for beginners by the end of the 4th semester but has not yet acquired all performance certificates can still do so in the 5th semester. or Complete the 6th semester (Section 5 (2) ZwiPO).

signed the dean



Subsequent completion of housework

(Resolutions of the Faculty Council of July 16 and October 15, 2008 as well as the Senate resolution of December 16, 2008, published in the Rector's bulletin no. 4/09 of January 30, 2009, pp. 167ff.

I. The term paper and the exam must be passed in an exercise. There are three standardized exceptions. The completed term paper of the immediately following semester can be counted towards the written examination of the previous semester

  1. unsuccessful, serious attempt (real failure, no plagiarism)
  2. Change of study location in their first semester in Heidelberg
  3. Other hardship cases (especially returnees from a semester on leave, participants in an international moot court in the semester after the end of the moot court, participants in the Soldan moot court)

In case no. 1, there is no problem with rewriting; an application is not required; in all other cases, an application for copying of the term paper must be submitted to the student advisory service. The application must be submitted immediately, at the latest one week after the last supervisory work of the corresponding beginner exercise has been returned. The proof of performance is acquired retrospectively in the exercise in which an exam was passed. The chair must prove that the term paper has been passed.

II. The orientation test consists of a passed beginner's exercise in civil law or in criminal law; prior selection is not required.

III. The orientation test must have been attempted in the second semester so that there is an opportunity to repeat it in the third semester. Here, too, the principles of the "serious attempt" apply.

IV. The intermediate examination must have been passed by the fourth semester; A repetition option in the fifth or sixth semester is given if the respective beginner's exercise has been tried once by the fourth semester. Here, too, the principles of the "serious attempt" apply.

V. The number of examination attempts is not limited, only the deadlines within which the performance must be provided are regulated:

  1. Orientation test in the second, at the latest in the third semester
  2. Intermediate examination in the fourth semester; Possibility of repeating the exercise that has not yet been passed in the fifth or sixth semester if this has been attempted at least once by the fourth semester.
  3. Extensions of deadlines are possible for reasons of hardship.


Beginner exercise as a prerequisite for admission to the advanced exercise

The passed beginner exercise is an admission requirement for participation in the advanced exercise. The Faculty Council decided on July 23, 2009:

"Passing the beginner's exercise is an admission requirement for participation in the advanced exercise."

Participation in an advanced exercise is only permitted and proof of performance can only be acquired if the corresponding beginner exercise has been passed beforehand. In the case of people changing study location, the beginner's exercise corresponds to the written recognition of the respective examination results by the examination office or the passed intermediate examination at the home university.

The students prove that they have passed the beginner's exercise by enclosing a (simple) copy of the assessment of the term paper for the advanced exercise when they are submitted.

Since the beginner's exercise in the third semester and the advanced exercise in the fourth semester are attended in criminal law, a special regulation applies here with regard to post-written term papers: Students who post-write the term paper of the beginner's exercise in criminal law because they failed or the Due to other circumstances, the housework can be re-written (university relocation, returnees from a stay abroad, permit) must ensure that they will take part in the repetition of housework and provide evidence of the subsequent housework without delay.

In the (extremely rare) case that the post-written term paper was not passed again, but the advanced term paper was passed, the advanced exercise in criminal law can still be completed. The passed advanced exercise does not replace the beginner exercise, which is still required to pass the intermediate examination. An extension of the study period through this regulation is therefore excluded. The regulation serves to implement the curriculum, according to which the beginner exercises are to be completed in the 2nd and 3rd semesters and the advanced exercises in the 4th, 5th and 6th semesters.



First name

_____________________ / _____. FS
Matriculation number, semester

To the

Law Faculty of the University of Heidelberg
D-69117 Heidelberg

Heidelberg, the __. __. 20__

Dear Sirs and Madames,

I hereby confirm that I took part in the beginner's exercise in criminal law in the semester that preceded the advanced exercise and that I have the opportunity to follow up on the homework of the beginner's exercise in a serious attempt or with special permission from the Examination Office due to the fact that I did not pass the term paper. I will inform you immediately by submitting the performance certificate for the beginner's exercise if I have subsequently passed it.

With best regards



Exam Statistics



Legal bases

Zw.-PO: Intermediate examination regulations of the University of Heidelberg for the law degree from December 22, 2008, changed on June 24. 2011 and on July 18 2014 (Bulletin of the Rector of January 28, 2015, p. 15).

JAPrO: Ordinance of the Ministry of Justice on the training and examination of lawyers (legal training and examination regulations - JAPrO) from October 8, 2002, as of January 1, 2015 to April 30, 2019

SB-PO statutes of the University of Heidelberg on training and examinations in the focus areas in the law course of March 26, 2015, bulletin no. 9/2015, April 28, 2015, p. 435ff.



Explanation of the notes


Grade levels of the course-related examinations

very good: a particularly excellent performance: 16-18 points

good: a performance well above the average requirements: 13-15 points

fully satisfactory: a performance above the average requirements: 10-12 points

satisfactory: a performance that corresponds to average requirements in all respects: 7-9 points

sufficient: an achievement which, despite its shortcomings, still meets average requirements: 4-6 points

defective: a performance that suffers from significant deficiencies and is generally no longer usable: 1-3 points

unsatisfactory: a completely unusable performance: 0 points


Endpoint number of the university examination in the focus area (§ 15 SB-PO)

14.00-18.00 points: very good

11.50-13.99 points: good

9.00-11.49 points: completely satisfactory

6.50-8.99 points: satisfactory

4.00-6.49 points: sufficient

1.50-3.99 points: poor

0.00-1.49 points: unsatisfactory





Explanatory Supplement


1. Types of Courses


Basic course (Basic course): Introductory course.

Colloquium (Colloquium): Discussion course

Examination Course (Repetitorium): Intensive examination preparation course

Exercise (Exercise): Accompanies lecture work.

seminar (Seminar): Emphasizes independent academic work, usually taken after intermediate examination

Study Group (Working group): Intensive tutorial


2. Grading System at German Law Schools in view of grading practice:


According to German-American Lawyers Association (ed.), USA - Master's degree for lawyers (LL.M., M.C.L., M.C.J.), 2nd edition, Bonn 2003, p. 150.



16 – 18

13 – 15

10 – 12

7 – 9

4 – 6

1 – 3


Grade (German)

Very good


Totally satisfactory





Literal translation

very good


Fully satisfactory






Especially outstanding
(very rarely achieved)

very good
(rarely given)

(not often awarded)

Above average





3. Grading System: First State Examination in Law

According to Section 19 (3) of the Ministry of Justice's ordinance on the training and examination of lawyers (JAPrO) of October 8, 2002 (ordinance about a scale of grades and points for the first and second state examinations).



14.00 – 18.00

11.50 – 13.99

9.00 – 11.49

6.50 – 8.99

4.00 – 6.49

1.50 – 3.99

0.00 – 1.49



A "performance significantly above average"
(usually still indicates an excellent performance)

"A performance above the average requirements" (a fully satisfactory performance above the average)

A "performance under all aspects fulfilling the average requirements"

A "performance which, despite its faults, still fulfills average requirements"





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Last change: May 7th, 2021