Legal German


Second semester Register

(1) OT: date of placement test

(2) Where? In the "Where?" column you will find the name of the room or auditorium where the course takes place. You will find detailed info in the "Where to find us?" section.

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Content information

Starting level:
For students with a very good knowledge of Dutch no previous knowledge or skills are required, due to the close connection between German and Dutch. However, for candidates with a limited knowledge a starting level of German is necessary.


  • Reading skills are the major objective of the course. At the end of the course, the participants can read legal texts in German.
  • They also acquire a broad legal vocabulary through extensive vocabulary lists and exercises.
  • We also treat grammatical items necessary to understand German legal texts.

Legal topics that are dealt with in this course include

  • Europarecht
  • Privatrecht
  • Gesellschaftsrecht
  • Insolvenz
  • Produkthaftung

Moreover, legal items specific for Germany are integrated, such as the structure of the German constitutional state and current legal topics.

The course discusses a number of specific grammatical items necessary to understand written materials and to reduce complex structures to their main point. A few examples include

  • the recognition of Kasus in order to define the function of sentences or parts of sentences;
  • the recognition and understanding of regularly used structures in legal texts (Relativsätze, Partizipien, Gerundium, Konjunktiv, Passiv, etc.).

Placement test: No

Administrative data

Course abbreviation: RRD

Programme: VTO

Course fees

Price category: E

Useful info

Special information:

  • This course is organized every second year. Not during the academic year 2017-2018.
    It will be open to students of the Faculty of Law and Criminology and members of the doctoral schools.
  • For the legal language courses you can register online. The course fee should be transferred immediately after receiving your payment invitation.
  • If you want to get an idea of your knowledge of German you can do the test at

Course book:
UCT course book. You will receive this book from your language teacher in class.

Recommended books:

  • Krijgsman, Arjan: Prisma Taalbeheersing Basisgrammatica Duits
  • Langenscheidt Grosswörterbuch Deutsch als Fremdsprache, München: Langenscheidt-Verlag
  • Langenscheidt Taschenwörterbuch Niederländisch-Deutsch, München: Langenscheidt-Verlag
  • Lodder, H.G. (2004): Basisgrammatica Duits, Bussum: Coutinho

Recommended books extra information:
If you buy one or more of these books at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent you receive a discount of 10% on the official price. Just mention that you are a UCT student. You can also order your book(s) online en pay via Story4students. Click on the UCT logo. You don't have to fill in an FK-membership number as the 10% discount is automatically calculated. You will receive an email as soon as your order is ready at Standaard Boekhandel, Kouter 31, 9000 Gent.


Number of tuition hours: 30

Period: 2nd sem. every other yr

Nr. of hours per week: 1 x 3

Course book available at: UCT

For who?:

  • Doctorandi
  • 1st and 2nd year master students of the Faculty of Law and Criminology