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Application documents

A complete application comprises all of the following documents (and must be submitted in one pdf-file in the below-given order):

  • application form (click here to download)
  • research proposal (up to four pages; guideline for drafting a proposal)
  • personal statement about why you are applying to the Albrecht Mendelssohn-Bartholdy Graduate School
  • tabular curriculum vitae
  • index of all publications to date (optional)
  • two recommendations from professors attesting to suitability for doctoral work
  • diploma and transcript of records
  • language certificates (German or English): Non-native speakers who write their dissertation in German or English must prove their language skills by  submitting relevant certificates. German: TestDaF or DSH; English: certficate proving C1 Level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). This requires test scores of at least 100 in the TOEFL ibT / 6.5 in the IELTS / 945 in TOEIC. The TOEFL DI Code is 2258.

Applications can either be send via email (kontakt"AT" post to:

Albrecht Mendelssohn Bartholdy
Graduate School of Law
Universität Hamburg
Fakultät für Rechtswissenschaft
Rothenbaumchaussee 33
D-20148 Hamburg

Please be aware that incomplete applications will not be considered in the selection procedure.