Student Portrait: Daniel Reineke - Two for One

2019-12-19 Daniel Reineke has made an important career leap: He is not only a specialist lawyer for public procurement law; Daniel Reineke also has his Master of Laws (LL.M.) in his pocket. With a part-time programme at the Professional School he was able to achieve both.

When a public building is constructed, good construction workers are essential. When a school is equipped with a new IT system, IT specialists are indispensable. When a city council purchases electric buses, engineers are at the negotiating table. In addition to these experts, many larger public procurement projects also involve the services of public procurement lawyers. Public procurement law has long since ceased to be the only law to be observed when awarding public contracts. Now all major public contracts must be awarded in accordance with the extensive rules of European public procurement law. This complex field of law already fascinated Daniel Reineke during his studies at Leibniz University Hannover. He also focused on it when selecting the stages of his legal clerkship. "Public procurement law is about spending large sums of taxpayers' money as economically as possible," explains the 32-year-old. According to the Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy, the public sector awards contracts worth hundreds of billions of euros every year. To prevent bribery or price fixing, for example, the procedures are highly structured and legally complicated. They often require months.

There are various ways to become a specialist in public procurement law. Daniel Reineke decided on the part-time programme "Competition and Regulation LL.M." at Leuphana Professional School: "The specialist committee for public procurement law at the bar association has recognised the Master of Laws as a specialist component. Now I am not only a specialist lawyer, but I also hold an international degree. That's two for one." The three-semester programme is conducted entirely in English. European Union public procurement law is part of the curriculum.

Employer paid tuition fees

Reineke is employed with a medium-sized law firm in Hannover. His employer paid the tuition fees. "He attaches great importance to continuing education. State aid law, which is part of the firm's profile, is also taught in the programme," explains Reineke. State aid law regulates whether the state may favour companies, for example by means of grants, debt relief, reduced-price loans or the provision of land. State aid law thus also serves the implementation of the European Single Market, but unlike public procurement law, it is regulated exclusively by European law. Thanks to the international degree, Daniel Reineke is now in a position to envisage a career abroad: "The Master of Laws is particularly recognised in law firms in other European countries."

The path to becoming a specialist lawyer with an additional master's degree was not an easy one: "Working 40 to 50 hours a week in the office, then cramming 20 hours for university - self-discipline is inseparable from the programme," says Reineke. Nevertheless, supervision by the course coordinators and lecturers was excellent. "The lawyer Helge Heinrich, for example, is one of the most important experts on state aid law. In contrast, in the specialist lawyer courses, you often hear about lecturers who are not that good," says Reineke. Flexibility was also a decisive factor for the lawyer: The Master "Competition and Regulation LL.M." is offered as a distance-learning programme with few attendance phases. Starting with the new course in March 2020, it will even be held completely online.

Vice president Jörg Terhechte with Daniel Reineke. ©Leuphana/Kersten Benecke
Vice president Jörg Terhechte with Daniel Reineke.