THEMIS represents a network of top universities which have come together to create a new standard in business law. The program was established in response to an ever-increasing demand for law professionals with international know-how and expertise.
Students enrolled in the master’s program Business Law have the opportunity to gain additional qualification with the THEMIS program. THEMIS is a certificate program with a focus on business law and international law, organized by the International Legal Network of Excellence. The program includes three elements: an exchange semester, an internship, and a seminar.
Students who successfully complete these three elements receive the program’s Joint Certificate in International and Business Law.
The main features of THEMIS Program:
Exchange semester at a renowned Law School abroad: available exchange places and information about the application process can be found on the webpage for master exchange.
Joint Certificate in International and Business Law
Tuition fee waiver: Students are not required to pay tuition fees at the partner university while studying abroad.
Intercultural experience and personal development
Students are required to take at least 30 ECTS credits worth of courses approved by the THEMIS network and to pass at least 24 ECTS credits in order for the semester to be considered valid for the Joint Certificate.
The semester abroad and internship in Europe can be supported by the Erasmus+ grant. For THEMIS partner universities in Asia and New Zealand, the WU mobility grant can be awarded. Please note that the courses abroad have to be recognized at WU. Grants for internships outside of Europe are not possible.
The internship must have an international and business law focus and has ideally been completed abroad during the master’s program. The internship should be full-time (40h) and must last for a minimum of six consecutive weeks. For part-time internships, please consult the International Office. In order to be considered valid for the THEMIS program, the content of the internship will be assessed by the academic director of the master’s program. The internship has to be completed in close time to the exchange (either shortly before or shortly after your exchange semester).
In principle, 6 weeks of full-time internship activity are intended (6 weeks x 40 hours = 240 hours). However, part of the THEMIS internship may be completed on a part-time basis. In this case, the following applies: at least 1 month of internship (4 weeks x 40 hours = 160 hours) must be completed as full-time work, and the remainder can be completed part-time. The part-time work must be at least 10 hours per week, in total the part-time work must be at least 80 hours. A total of 240 hours must be completed.
Focus on international business law
The internship is to be completed at an internationally active law firm, the legal department of an internationally active company, an NGO with an international focus, or an international organization. It is intended to complete the internship abroad, ideally directly after the semester abroad. If this is not possible, it is possible to complete an internship with a focus on international (business) law in Austria and have this confirmed for THEMIS.
Ideally, the internship is completed before or after the semester abroad. The internship is a prerequisite for obtaining the THEMIS certificate and must therefore be completed during the WU studies. Internships that have already been completed as part of the bachelor's program can also be confirmed for THEMIS if they meet the content and duration requirements.
Here you can find the pre-approvement form.
The THEMIS seminar will be hosted by a THEMIS partner on a rotating basis. The seminar lasts for 3 days and will be done in form of a block course to a relevant business law topic. The language of instruction is English. Students have to bear all financial obligations related to their participation at the THEMIS seminar (e.g. flight, accommodation, other expenses).
|2021||Maastricht University||Towards cultural standardization? The interplay between (inter)national and European economic law and culture|
|2020||ESADE Law School, Barcelona||Artificial Intelligence & the Law: Challenge or Opportunity?|
|2019||Universidade Nova de Lisboa||Competition Law and the Digital Economy|
|2018||Universität St.Gallen||Law and Corruption|
|2017||Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien||Europe – A Union of the People|
|2016||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano||Doing Business and Social/Human Rights|
|2015||Freie Universität Berlin||The Role of the ECJ in the European Integration|
|2014||Université Paris Est Créteil - Val de Marne||Financial Crisis|
|2013||Maastricht University||Law and Art|
|2012||ESADE Business School, Barcelona||International Litigation|
|2011||Università Commerciale Luigi Bocconi, Milano||International Arbitration and Alternative Dispute Resolution|
|2009/2010||Freie Universität Berlin||European Contract Law and Economic Law|
|2008||Université Paris Est Créteil - Val de Marne||Intellectual Property|
|2007||ESADE Business School, Barcelona||Corporate Governance, Mergers & Acquisitions|
Application requirements and further information
Applications for THEMIS program places are submitted online in the winter semester. Students have to be enrolled to the WU LLM Business Law program in order to be able to apply for a semester abroad. The application date is announced here. Information to the application can be found here.
For further details, please refer to the infosheets of each THEMIS partner university.