The state examination in the compulsory subject

The state examination in the compulsory subject makes up 70 % of the overall grade of the “first examination”, undefined § 29 para. 2 JWG NW. It is sat before the Justizprüfungsamt [Law Examination Board] with the relevant remit  undefined§§ 3, 6 JWG NW.

1. Requirements for admission to the state examination in the compulsory subject

The requirements for admission to the first state examination must be fulfilled at the point of enrolment, § 9 JWG NW.

The admission requirements are the following in detail:

  • Midterm examination (first- fourth semester), § 7 para. 1 no. 3 JWG NW. See undefinedon this topic.
  • Foreign language certificate, (first to fifth semester) *, § 7 para. 1 no. 3 JWG NW. The foreign language certificate required to enrol for the state examination in the compulsory subject is allotted if a written assessment of academic achievement has been successfully completed in a foreign-language law class or in a language course with a legal orientation. Further information can be found on the website of the undefined Law Examination Board.
  • Practical study period, (until the end of the fifth semester) *, §§ 7 para. 1 no. 4, § 8 JWG NW. Students are to complete a practical study period which lasts a total of three months. As a rule it is to be completed in two parts during the lecture-free period: six weeks in administration of the law, six weeks at an administrative authority, §§ 7, 8 JWG NRW. Further information can be found on the website of the undefined Law Examination Board.

Advice on the practical study period: It is advisable to complete both parts of the practical study period by the end of the fifth semester, as from the sixth semester your energy will be taken up with learning about the area of focus and the preparation for the state examination in the compulsory subject.

2. Examination sections

The state examination in the compulsory subject consists of six five-hour proctored examinations (three in Civil Law, two in Public Law and one in Criminal Law) and a subsequent oral examination (§ 10 para. 2 and 3 JWG NW). The topics of the examination derive from § 11 JWG NW.

3. Special-status resittable exam, § 25 JWG NW

Should an examinee enrol to take all exam assessments of the the state examination in the compulsory subject by the end of the eighth specialism semester of an uninterrupted course of study at the latest and they do not pass the examination, this is deemed as not having been taken (special-status resittable exam), § 25 para. 1 JWG NW. When calculating the number of semesters for the special-status resittable exam the interruptions mentioned in § 25 para. 2 JWG NW are disregarded.

4. Staggering, § 12 JWG NW

Whoever enrols for the state examination in the compulsory subject after the fifth specialism semester and by the seventh specialism semester of an uninterrupted course of study at the latest, on request can complete the proctored examinations in two or three sections in a separate time frame (staggering, § 12 para. 1 JWG NW). Registration for the other proctored examinations: § 12 para. 2 JWG NW.

* The specification of the semester is a recommendation in which period of time the requirement for admission should be fulfilled if the option of the special-status resittable exam is to be granted.

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