Focus FAQ

Frequently asked questions and answers about additional training

  1. Who can take part in this additional training?

Law students from all over Germany and external practitioners can take part in this additional training. Enrollment at the University of Münster is not necessary. However, the training requires a good knowledge of the basics of civil and public law. For this reason, participation by students in their first semester is not recommended. There are no fees.

  1. What services must be provided as part of the additional training?

A total of two written exams and one seminar must be passed. The additional training is divided into two sections. The first section takes place in the winter semester and consists of two lectures dealing with issues of information law and broadcasting and press law. The lecture on information law, which focuses more on civil law, is held by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren. Prof. Dr. Bernd Holznagel is responsible for the public law lecture on broadcasting and press law. Both lectures are two hours each. At the end of each lecture, a two-hour final exam is held in the last week of lectures.

In the summer semester, those who have successfully completed the two exams can take part in a seminar. A total of around six seminars are offered. The topics covered range from IT law, private media law, telecommunications law, broadcasting law, criminal computer law and telecommunications law to online and data protection law. Where possible, these events are held as block events, i.e. the participants present their papers during a two- to three-day event. The seminar is considered completed when the scientific paper (approx. 30 pages) has been written and the topic has been presented in an approx. 15-minute presentation. All events are face-to-face events. It is not possible to pass the exams in distance learning.

  1. What does the certificate of completion mean?

The additional training concludes with the award of a special certificate. The certificate certifies successful attendance of the two lectures and the seminar. The individual notes are also listed. The certificate is awarded at a ceremony at the end of the year. It is not a state certificate. Due to the special significance that information and media law already has, the certificate opens up new career prospects and serves as proof of in-depth specialization.

  1. How is admission to the seminars granted?

Those who have successfully passed both final examinations on information law and broadcasting and press law are admitted to the seminars in the first instance. If there are still places available in a seminar, the next priority will be given to those who have successfully passed one of the two exams. Within the framework of this concept, the head of the seminar is responsible for deciding on participation options. Please enquire about the seminar offers as early as possible and register as soon as possible. Information on the seminars is regularly announced at the end of the previous semester.

  1. Can I have the seminar certificate credited towards my law degree?

The seminar certificates acquired in this way can also be recognized for other focus areas within the framework of the normal study regulations, provided that the respective topics meet the legal requirements. The head of the respective seminar is responsible for deciding whether and to what extent a seminar offered as part of the additional training also meets the requirements of a specialization seminar. Please contact the examination offices at other universities for credit transfer.

  1. Can I also cover individual training sections in stages?

Of course. It would be conceivable, for example, to first write an exam in information law during the winter semester. The lecture in broadcasting and press law could then be attended during the following winter semester. The missing seminar could then be attended in a summer semester. It is also possible to attend the courses if a student has become a trainee teacher in the meantime. The seminars in particular are deliberately condensed in terms of time and are held as block courses to reduce the workload for students.

  1. Where can I find introductory literature on information, telecommunications and media law?

Two comprehensive scripts on Internet law and IT law are available for free download on the homepage of the civil law department of the Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law. These are updated at regular intervals and provide an excellent overview of the respective areas of law.
The Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law also has a joint library. There you will find a range of relevant works and specialist journals. The library is open Mondays to Thursdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Fridays from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

  1. Is special training offered for trainee teachers?

Trainee teachers are very welcome to take part in the additional training. There is also the option of completing an elective at the institute. Special attention is paid to the wishes of trainee teachers. Applications should be submitted to Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren as far as possible three months before the planned stay on the ward.

  1. How can I deepen my knowledge of information, telecommunications and media law?

In-depth knowledge is also imparted as part of the University of Münster’s specialization in information, telecommunications and media law. This consists of seven written exams and a seminar. Further information on the focus area can be found in a comprehensive brochure, which can be downloaded from the homepage.

  1. Who can I contact with questions, criticism and suggestions?

The training is led by Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren and Prof. Dr. Bernd Holznagel, LL.M. organized. Please send registrations to:

Philip Mayer

Research assistant/

Erasmus Coordinator

Institute for Information, Telecommunications and Media Law

– Civil Law Division –

Westphalian Wilhelms University of Münster

Prof. Dr. Thomas Hoeren

Leonardo-Campus 9

48149 Münster


Phone: +49 (0)251 83-38604

Fax: +49 (0)251 83-38601