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EBS student Benedikt Quarch receives best student of the year award from Hessian Minister of Justice

10 July 2017 | By:
Portrait - Alumnus Benedikt Quarch

EBS students Benedikt Quarch (23) and Donatus Wang (23) named top graduates of the year in the First Law Examination 2016 in Hesse. Quarch was the only student to be awarded 15.6 points and the grade “summa cum laude”, Wang, with 13.46 points and the grade “cum laude”, was second in Hesse.

“Graduating with 9 points is already an above-average result for a law graduate. Lawyer, judge, solicitor or corporate lawyer - in essence, Mr Quarch can choose any of these dream jobs”, says Professor Markus Ogorek, University President and Dean of the Law School. Only 0.13 percent of all graduates achieved the grade “summa cum laude” in the First State Law Examination in 2015.* The Hessian Minister of Justice, Eva Kühne-Hörmann, honoured Quarch and Wang during the traditional best-of-the-year event. The freshly graduated lawyers are two of the first students to begin their studies in 2011 at the newly founded Law School of the EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht in Wiesbaden.

Entrepreneur to the core

Quarch was born in Aachen and grew up there. “When I was at school I did a lot of political work in student organisations and, for example, for the City of Aachen’s civil forum”, he says. In 2011, one of the first awards he won was the German Start-up Prize for Scholars with a concept for marketing advertising space on fences. This was where he discovered his interest in economic affairs. At 19, and together with a school friend, the student from Aachen founded the consultancy QE Innovative Consulting, where the young entrepreneurs developed social media concepts for cities and municipalities. In addition to a Bachelor in Law and the First State Examination, he also did his Master in Business Administration at the EBS Law School. Now, the 23-year-old is about to start his next project: Geld-fuer-Flug.de, which is aimed at helping airline customers to get their money for cancelled and no-show flights back faster and easier. “This is the perfect opportunity for me to combine for this start-up everything I learned during my studies of business administration and law at the EBS”, says Quarch.


The first year to graduate from the EBS Law School, who began their studies in 2011, achieved an honour rating (9 points and above) of over 45 % in examination year 2016. The average honour rating in the state of Hesse is about 14 % for 2016. In the examination period 2016, a total number of 923 candidates took the First State Law Examination. 43 graduates (i.e. 4.6 percent) were awarded the grade “summa cum laude” and “cum laude” and were honoured by the Hessian Minister of Justice, Eva Kühne-Hörmann. A total of 7 graduates from the EBS Law School were among the top graduates in 2016.

*Source: Statistic 1st State Legal Examination - Federal States and Cohorts in Comparison, viz: http://www.lto.de/jura/studium-zahlen/erste-juristische-staatspruefung/.

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