Student interest in the international orientation of the department can be particularly seen in the regular and successful number of student participants in international competitions.
These include simulating court proceedings with the assistance of fictitious facts of the case. After a written round, in which the pleadings for both sides are finalised, there is an ‘oral negotiation‘, in order to advocate the facts of the ‘mandate‘ as convincingly as possible in front of a fake panel of judges. Whoever has the best arguments or can simply better sell themselves, wins.
Moot Courts always take place during the winter semester. These project groups deviate from the normal academic year at German universities, some competitions begin in September and others only end in April. Due to our students' large interest in these events, an application procedure is carried out for every Moot Court. Interested exchange students are recommended to contact the Moot Court Administrator for the application dates and procedure before travelling to Berlin.
Model United Nations / Model European Union
The Model United Nations / Model European Union is an organised game. The participants take on the roll of an ambassador and negotiate current problems around the world. The language for the negotiations is English. The Law Department organizes participation at international conferences such as the National Model United Nations Conference in New York City and smaller conferences in cooperation with the German Foreign Office.
Due to large student interest in these events, an application procedure is carried out for every conference. Interested exchange students should find out about the current projects before travelling to Berlin.
During the lecture-free period students of the Law Department may take part in international summer schools and winter schools. These projects focus on interdisciplinary aspects of law and are a good way to acquire soft skills that will be important for a lawyer's professional career. The Law Department of Freie Universität Berlin is currently offering the following winter school in cooperation with the Stockholms Universitet.