Master's in Law

The master's degree program provides students with in-depth knowledge and consolidates their associated communication, methodological and linguistic skills. It enables students to obtain a special qualification in certain areas of Law. Students are awarded the title Master of Law (M Law).

The master's degree program consists purely of elective courses. Each student compiles their own individual plan of studies from an extensive range of subjects. They have the opportunity to obtain a special qualification in academic fields such as Penal Law and Criminology, Public Law, Private Law, Economic Law or International and European Law. As well as studying their electives, students also complete a piece of academic work - the master's thesis. The master's qualification paves the way for training as a lawyer. Stays abroad are only recommended at master's level.

Further information: Academic student advice Ms Petra Dasen

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Basic information
Degree: Master of Law, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 90 ECTS credits
Degree programs:
  • Mono 90 ECTS credits with no special qualification

 

  • Mono 90 ECTS credits with special qualification:
    • Private Law
    • Penal Law and Criminology
    • Public Administration Law
    • Economic Law
    • International and European Law

 

Minors offered for other degree programs:

  • International and European Law 30 ECTS credits
  • Public Law 30 ECTS credits
  • Private Law 30 ECTS credits
  • Penal Law 30 ECTS credits
  • Economic Law 30 ECTS credits
Duration: 3 semesters
Language: German
Beginning of studies: Fall or spring semester

Master of Law (M Law)

The master's degree program provides students with in-depth knowledge and consolidates their associated communication, methodological and linguistic skills It enables students to obtain a special qualification in certain areas of Law.

The master's degree program consists purely of elective courses (free combination of subjects). Students must undertake performance assessments worth a minimum of 70 to a maximum of 80 ECTS credits and write a master's thesis worth 20 ECTS credits.

Master's with special qualification

There is an option to complete the master's with a special qualification. Students can choose from the following:

  • International and European Law
  • Private Law
  • Public Administration Law
  • Penal Law and Criminology
  • Economic Law

The special qualification for which the student wishes to study must be declared via the Admissions Office and may be amended on the re-registration form.

Master's thesis

The master's thesis can be written during the semester or during the vacation. Rules regarding requirements for scope and form are contained in the corresponding guidelines. All organizational units need to have arranged this with the supervising lecturer. All lecturers in the Faculty of Law are authorized to supervise master's theses.

The grade for the master's thesis must be sufficient.

Anyone choosing a special qualification must write their master's thesis in the area of their chosen special qualification.

To be able to graduate in the following semester, the master's thesis must be submitted before the start of the new semester.

Master's minor in Law

Minor 30 ECTS credits International and European Law 30 ECTS credits
Public Law 30 ECTS credits
Private Law 30 ECTS credits
Penal Law 30 ECTS credits
Economic Law 30 ECTS credits

Further information can be found in the plan of studies for the minor degree programs

Elective courses

The master's degree program consists purely of elective courses (free combination of subjects). Students must undertake performance assessments worth a minimum of 70 to a maximum of 80 ECTS credits and write a master's thesis worth 20 ECTS credits.

At the start of the course from the fall semester of 2015, students must provide evidence of at least one seminar, one moot court or one legal clinic.

 

Performance assessments

Examination sessions

Fall semester 2017: January 3 - 31, 2018 / spring semester 2018: June 4 - 29, 2018

Registration and deregistration deadlines

For details please contact the website in German.

PLEASE NOTE: Registration and deregistration deadlines should be strictly upheld. No late registrations can be accepted!

Registration for performance assessments

Students register for performance assessments via the CTS.

Performance assessment dates

Performance assessments are open for registration at the beginning of each semester. The examination information specified in the CTS is fictitious.

Dates can only be specified after the registration period has expired (provisional dates; subject to change). Dates are finalized after expiry of the withdrawal period. As the admission requirements which must be completed prior to the program of study (e.g. range of examinations for individual students, availability of examiners, examination type) are different each semester, no reference can be made back to the examination dates for previous semesters.

Dates are published as quickly as possible on the website under "Latest".

Examination access

During a month after grades have been published in the CTS, students may order copies of the examination from Ms Petra Dasen (by e-mail; CHF 5.00/examination). Copies should be collected from the Dean's Office; they will not be sent out (either electronically or as a hard copy).

Resit dates

The resit date is the 2nd date. A resit examination is organized at the end of the following semester in each case.

Applications

Students who have obtained a qualification that is not in the German language and who are not native German speakers may apply to the Dean's Office to extend their examination period. Students' applications should be accompanied by a copy of their qualification and the completed form regarding their non-native German-speaking status (at the bottom of this page under "Documents"). They should also specify the examination(s) concerned. Applications should be addressed to Ms Sylvia Kilchenmann

Recognition of grades

For details please contact the website in German ("Anrechnung von Noten").

Master's degree

Degree registration

Students should register for the degree, at the latest when their last grades become available. The fully completed form and confirmation of examination fees paid should be submitted to the Dean's Office. If the payment was made online, students should make sure that they enclose confirmation of the payment made.

Degree confirmation, diploma and diploma supplement

As soon as documents are received at the Dean's Office (and all admission requirements which must be completed prior to the program of study have been fulfilled for the degree), a degree confirmation is issued within a few days. The invitation to the graduation ceremony comes with this confirmation. The diploma is awarded at the graduation ceremony or is sent to the student after the graduation ceremony.

Graduation ceremony

In May and November each year.

Master minor degree

Students who have completed all coursework for a minor module should register for the minor by sending the relevant form to the Dean's Office.

Important information

(e.g. public notices examinations, changes, room changes) is communicated to students' e-mail accounts!

Individual academic requirements

The following academic qualifications are required for admission to the master's degree program in Law (mono):

a) Bachelor of Law from a Swiss university 
b) Bachelor of Law or an equivalent degree from a recognized foreign university
c) Bachelor's degree with a minor in Law from a Swiss university (60 ECTS credits). Admission requirements of 60 ECTS credits, which must be fulfilled in order to complete the master's degree program, will be required. The ECTS credits will be listed separately in the diploma supplement as extracurricular attainments.

Please consult the admission requirements for minors as presented in the plan of studies.

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.

Application and admission

Admission requirements 
Application deadlines
 

Current UniBE students

Apply for a change to the M of Law, Universität Bern by self-service as part of the re-registration for the next semester.
Renewal of semester registration → Self-service
Recognition of academic achievements
Procedure and timing of the renewal of semester registration
   

Application with a Swiss degree

Online application
Assessment
Steps from application to registration
 

Application with an international degree

Online application
CHECKLIST - Documents for your application / Important information
Steps from application to registration

 
For questions regarding application and admission, please contact the Admissions Office.