The programmes and their historical orgin
The program ELPIS I „European Legal Practice“, founded in 1985, is the eldest and biggest of its sort within the Science of Law in Europe. The Faculty of Law of the Leibniz Universität Hannover is associated with 35 Partners from EU- und EFTA states. The German translation of the Greek word ‚Ελπίς‘ (=hope) can be seen as clearly programmatical in this European context.
Subject of the program is the exchange of students and teachers within the framework of Erasmus. Furthermore ELPIS is an own certificate course of studies. Succesfull graduates get the Certificatum Legum Europae (CLE) in addition to the state eximination. The course of studies is for undergraduate students. The course of studies conveys, in addition to the regular study of Law Science, skills of Law in various European law systems as well as European and Comparative Law. The program prepares therefore for a cross-border juridical professional practice.
In 2004 the ELPIS I MLE-Program was combined with some important aspects oft he postgraduate program ELPIS II. It is a two year-postgraduate course of studies which leads to the Master degree European Legal Practice LL.M. Joint Degree and is a postgraduate pendant to the sterling ELPIS I program (MLE) mentioned above.
For the LL.M course of studies a consortium of currently three faculties of Law was established: The Leibniz Universität Hannover, Université de Rouen and Universidade de Lisboa, which award students a the degree European Legal Practice LL.M. Joint Degree. Furthermore, there is a possibility of absolving a one semester abroad stay at the following Faculties of Law of the program: Mykolas Romeris University Vilnius, Symbiosis International University Pune (India) and Uniplac University Brasilia (Brazil). The program is chiefly addressed to international applicants who come from an non-european university and have the wish to study at two of the consortium universities. Furthermore, the program is addressed to European applicants, who also want to study at two foreign consortium universities.