The Faculty of Law

at the University of Debrecen

About us

The Faculty of Law at the University of Debrecen is a dynamic, student-oriented and friendly institution. It places emphasis on high-quality interdisciplinary teaching and research. Its staff combines academic excellence with experience in legal practice, and offers its cooperation to students in achieving their individual goals. The Faculty of Law is among the top law schools in Hungary, and has been receiving high marks in national student satisfaction surveys (

The teaching of law and administrative sciences has more than 200 years of tradition to look back in Debrecen. The Faculty of Law was re-opened in 1996 after a 50 year intermission following the suspension of legal education in Debrecen in the troubled year of 1949. Since 1996 the Faculty of Law has been fully accredited, and now offers taught undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, and a 3 year research degree (Ph.D.), in law and public administration.

The Faculty of Law has 7 full professors and the majority of its staff holds a Ph.D. Legal professionals working in the region are also invited to teach ’hands-on’ courses to students. Our teaching premises are located in a modern 2002 built social sciences centre on the Kassai Street Campus of the University dedicated to social sciences. The building contains 4 lecture theatres and 15 seminar rooms, specifically designed language rooms, a computer room. The Social Sciences Library holding an extensive (paper and digital) collection in law, economics and politics is attached to the teaching centre. Its collection in European economic and competition regulation, and in general economic regulation is exceptional in Hungary. Staff offices are located in the Law School Building on the campus.

The Faculty of Law has nearly 3000 undergraduate and postgraduate students. Our undergraduates can enter two degree courses, a BA in public administration (3 years) or a Master level university degree in law (5 years). Our BA students having obtained their first degree may wish to continue in a 3 year conversion course in law to obtain a full law degree. The Law School also offers a 2 year postgraduate MA course in public administration. Students interested in obtaining a higher degree by research may enter our Ph.D. programme in law. The Law School is also engaged in professional legal education offering postgraduate professional degrees in specialised areas of Hungarian law and in European Union law. For admission outside our foreign exchange programmes, please, contact the Faculty.

University of Debrecen

The degree courses at the Faculty of Law operate on the basis of a credit-system. In this system students are required to take the compulsory and a certain number of elective modules. The law curriculum, as in case of any law faculty of Hungary, covers modules in legal history, roman law, constitutional law, private law, criminal law, administrative law, jurisprudence, politics, civil and criminal procedural law, European Union law, international public law, labour law, agricultural law, environmental law, financial law, commercial law and criminology. The public administration curriculum includes many of the law subjects but also places emphasis on specialist modules such as public management, regulation, or local governments. Studies are closed with final state-examinations. For the recognition of diplomas obtained outside Hungary, please, contact the Faculty.


Faculty of Law
The University of Debrecen
PF.: 400
4002 Hungary

Phone: +36 (52) 512 701
Fax: +36 (52) 512 706


Why Debrecen?

Debrecen is the second largest town in Hungary. It is the cultural, educational, economic and political centre of Eastern Hungary. Debrecen is a vibrant university town with traditions in higher education dating back to the 16th century. It offers to its 30000 strong student population excellent shopping, cultural and sports venues, a good collection of bars, restaurants and clubs. The city centre and the university area offers a relaxing but truly urban environment. Debrecen prides itself of its modern arts gallery (MODEM), its often progressive theatre, its offer in live classical, jazz and modern (pop, rock, indie, hip-hop) music, and its numerous festivals. Everyone can find a program of his own liking.
Staying in Debrecen provides an excellent opportunity to discover Central and Eastern Europe. Budapest is only 2 and a half hours away by train leaving and arriving daily in every hour. The UNESCO World Heritage Hortobágy National Park 30 kilometres from Debrecen is a place of no parallels. The Northern Great Plain Region and Debrecen is especially famous for its numerous and affordable spas and thermal baths inviting visitors to take part in this great Hungarian pastime. The Romanian border is only 30 minutes away tempting visitors to explore the mystic Transylvania. Austria, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Poland, Serbia, Croatia are in close reach. Debrecen has a direct train connection to Kiev (Ukraine) and Moscow (Russia).

Life in Debrecen is generally affordable. There is a wide range of university and private accommodation with the most modern halls of residence on the Social Sciences Campus (Kassai Street Campus) where the Faculty of Law is situated. The halls of residences of the university offer modern, refurbished double and single rooms with cable television and Wi-Fi in the rooms, a well equipped gym reserved for students. Next to the Social Sciences Campus is the city swimming pool with an Olympic size pool. The Social Sciences Campus and the other campuses of the university are the liveliest spots in town. There is an active and diverse foreign student population at the university.

For further information, please, consult the University Erasmus home page or contact our Faculty Erasmus Coordinator.

zaccaria_marton.pngDr. Márton Leó ZACCARIA, Faculty Erasmus Coordinator

Mail: H-4028 Debrecen, Kassai út 26.
Office: New Building 214.
Office hours: Tuesday 10:00-11:00, Wednesday 9:00-11:00

Phone: +36 (52) 512 700/ (ext.) 74803
Fax: +36 (52) 446 919


For incoming foreign exchange students we offer modules in English, French and German in diverse areas of law. These courses are work- and research-intensive, and offer students one-to-one skills-based flexible tuition. Our staff is pleased to offer its services to our incoming students. Upon finishing these modules students are awarded the appropriate ECTS credits.

The modules offered include