Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin - International Dispute Resolution

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The application process for IDR LL.M. is centralised and all applications need to be submitted online via uni-assist.

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The deadline for all applications is the 21 April


Application window


The application window opens on 1 March and closes on 21 April for entry in October of the same year.


Application requirements


The applicant should meet the following criteria:

  • Hold a degree in law and/or admission to a jurisdiction’s Bar
  • Have post-graduate work experience of at least 1 (one) year, with additional consideration being given to those with experience in the field of dispute resolution
  • Possess a very good command of the English language.


Detailed information on the English language requirements and the necessary certification are provided here.


Application document checklist


The following documents shall be submitted with the application:

  • A curriculum vitae (CV)
  • Copies of all relevant university degrees and diplomas
  • Copies of all relevant university transcripts
    • All transcripts shall include a list of courses that are required in order to obtain the relevant university degree or diploma. The transcript shall also detail the type, title, and grade achieved for each course, as well as the applicant’s overall Grade Point Average (GPA).
  • Optional (if provided by the university): module handbook (that is a description of the learning content taught during the degree course)
  • A signed and dated letter of motivation, with a maximum of 4,000 characters (excluding spaces and footnotes)
  • 2 (two) signed and dated letters of recommendation in support of the application to the IDR LL.M
    • The reference letters are in particular useful to prove that the applicant meets the professional work experience requirement.
  • Copy of passport(s) or identification card(s)
  • Documentation proving English language proficiency at a Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) level of B2 or higher
  • If applicable also: internship, employment or other professional work experience confirmation/ certificate/ proof that the applicant meets the professional work experience requirement (if not fully covered by the applicant’s reference letters)
  • If applicable also: confirmation of admission to a jurisdiction’s Bar
  • If applicable also: certificate of enrollment stating the subjects and semesters (if the applicant is currently studying at a German/Austrian college/university)
  • If applicable also: proof of de-registration/confirmation of departure stating the subjects and semesters (if the applicant already studied at a German/Austrian college/university)

If applicable also: certificate from the academic testing center (APS) (for applications from China, Vietnam and India)


Format and translation of the application documents


Documents that are originally issued in English or German shall be submitted where possible. The applicant is required to provide a certified (official) English translation of any documents that are not originally issued in English or German along with a copy of the original document.

Documents shall be submitted to uni-assist as a scanned copy of the document in .pdf format.

In case application documents are only and originally issued electronically, the applicant must contact uni-assist. Please do so within a sufficient time frame before the expiry of the application deadline. Further information on the submission of electronic only documents will be provided by uni-assist.


All application documents must be submitted via uni-assist. Documents submitted via e-mail, hardcopy or in any other way will not be processed.


Admissions timeline


21 April - The application deadline.



June - The application process concludes with a decision regarding your application. You can expect to receive the decision in June.

This timing leaves the successful applicants with more than 3 months to organise their arrival in Berlin before the start of lectures in early October.

All applicants are strongly encouraged to start taking care of what is needed to be able to study in Germany as soon as possible. This is especially true if the applicants require a study visa or external financing. Start planning early!



June/July - Within two weeks after receiving the admission decision, the successful applicants will be required to make an initial payment of EUR 2,250.00 to secure their place in the program. This payment is non-refundable. However, do not worry, once successfully enrolled as a student, it will be counted toward the tuition fee due for the current academic year.



September - In order to become a student at Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin the successful applicants will need to be formally enrolled. The enrollment is a formal step that can be completed online.

Once enrolled you will receive a letter with access details to the university’s online platform AGNES. It will allow you to generate a personal QR code, which is needed to obtain your student card (Campus-Card).



October - The IDR LL.M. lecture period starts in mid-October each year. Before the start of classes, admitted students are welcome to join orientation week activities in early October.