This program is designed for law school graduates who have completed their Master’s of Law (earlier known as Licenciat in German-speaking Switzerland) or for those who hold an equivalent law degree. The Faculty of Law determines whether a candidate’s earlier training is recognized as equivalent.
The LL.M. Program allows postgraduates to gain comprehensive knowledge in one or more specific fields of law. A unique feature of this program is the possibility to design, in collaboration with one’s faculty supervisor, an individualized study plan. This approach allows program participants to choose subjects according to their focus/interests.
Scope: The LL.M. Program must consist of at least 60 ECTS credits, of which 10 ECTS credits are awarded for the LL.M. thesis. Further rules regarding the division of ECTS credits are described in the "Reglement für das Weiterbildungsprogramm in Rechtswissenschaft (DAS; LL.M.)" of March 22, 2012. A list of lectures offered can be found in Annexes 2 and 3 of the Study Plan of October 16, 2014.
Duration: The program can last up to a maximum of 4 years if done part-time.
Costs: CHF 11'000.00 in total (excluding study materials)
Registration: In addition to the written registration form for the continuing education program, the Dean's Office (Ms. Eva V. Laederach) requires the documents listed in Art. 13 of the "Reglement für das Weiterbildungsprogramm in Rechtswissenschaft (DAS; LL.M.)" of March 22, 2012. Please note that a strong command of the German language (C1 – TELC / Goethe Institut) is a requirement.
Application deadline: January 31 for the spring semester / August 31 for the fall semester
The information concerning the assessments (exams) can be found at Studies > Assessments (Exams) (July 9, 2018).
The formal guidelines for the LL.M. thesis are analogous to those for the Master's thesis in the Master's Degree Program: Richtlinien Masterarbeit vom 30.04.2020 (PDF, 101KB) (Document in German).
The graduation ceremonies take place in May or November annually.
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