Bachelor of Law

The bachelor’s degree program provides students with a core legal background. It is divided into the introductory study period and the main study period. Students are awarded the title Bachelor of Law (B Law).

In the first two semesters, the bachelor’s degree provides an introduction to the legal fields which are relevant for later professional practice such as Private Law, Criminal Law, and Public Law. Furthermore, students become acquainted with the subject-specific methodology. The introductory study period serves to clarify aptitude. It is completed after the second semester with an overall examination consisting of three subject examinations. The main study period serves to deepen the acquired knowledge. In addition to the mentioned courses, Economic Law and the Foundational Modules are added. Students are also required to attend a seminar and to write two problem sets, giving them the opportunity to practice their legal thinking and analysis. The Bachelor’s study plan is clearly structured and does not offer many elective options. The main study period will be completed with the bachelor’s degree.

Further Information: Academic Student Advising Ms. Elisabeth Fehlmann

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Basic information
Degree: Bachelor of Law, Universität Bern
Number of credits: 180 ECTS credits
Degree programs:
  • Mono 180 ECTS credits
     

Minors offered for other degree programs:

  • Basics of Law 30 or 15 ECTS credits
  • Criminology 30 ECTS credits
  • Law of Obligations and Economic Law 30 ECTS credits
  • Public Law 60 or 15 ECTS credits
  • Law and Theories of the State 30 ECTS credits
  • Economic Law 15 ECTS credits

Duration: 6 semesters
Language: German
Beginning studies: Fall semester

Bachelor of Law (B Law)

The bachelor’s degree program is divided into the introductory study period and the main study period.

Introductory Study Period

The introductory study period provides students with the fundamentals of the legal system and serves to clarify the student’s aptitude for legal thinking and legal work. It begins in the fall semester and lasts two semesters. After the second semester, i.e. in June, the introductory study period will be completed with an overall examination of the three courses: Private Law I, Criminal Law I, and Public Law I.

In addition to the introduction to the academic fields of Private Law, Criminal Law, and Public Law, a general introduction to the law is provided. 

For students not passing the overall examination, i.e. not achieving a grade average of 4.0 or having more than one insufficient grade, it is mandatory to repeat the examination in August of the same year. The second attempt includes – regardless of the grades of the first attempt – all three parts of the examinations.

A postponement of the first or second examination attempt is only possible for important reasons (Article 12(5) of the Study Regulations RW June 21, 2007 with amendments of May 14, 2009 and May 22, 2014). Students must address requests to the Dean’s Office (Ms. Sylvia Kilchenmann). If a request for postponement of the first or second examination has been approved, it must be taken on the next regular date. The completion of further examinations in the Bachelor’s degree program, namely in the Foundational Modules, requires a passed introductory study period.

Students who have failed the overall examination twice or who have failed to appear for the examination and/or repeat examination without approval of a corresponding request shall be excluded from further studies in the Single-Subject Program in Law by decree of the Dean.

Main Study Period

The bachelor’s degree program provides knowledge and skills required as a basis for practicing in all legal professions.

The standard duration of study in the main study period is four semesters.

In the area of the Foundational Modules, students can freely choose two blocks from the modules Legal History I and II, Roman Law I and II, Legal Theory and Theories of the State I and II. Generally, these are taken in the third (Block I) and fourth (Block II) semesters and are each completed with a two-hour examination at the end of the semester.

The module Economic Law is taken over three semesters (Economic Law 1 and 2 as well as exercises) and is completed with a four-hour examination at the end.

The large modules Private Law, Criminal Law and Public Law consist of individual lectures, which are taken from the third to the sixth semester, and are each completed with a five-hour examination.

Active participation in a workshop on Introduction to Technical Basics of Legal Work is required, in order to write a problem set and to register for a seminar. Evidence must be provided when registering for the first written work.

Two problem sets in different fields of law must be solved during the Bachelor’s degree program. The problem sets are issued by the institutes, and students are given a period of three weeks before the due date. The two problem sets together form the bachelor’s thesis.

In addition, a seminar must be completed during the main study period.

Bachelor’s Thesis

The bachelor’s thesis can be written at any time during the main study period, preferably starting from the fifth semester.

It consists of a problem set from the fields of Private or Economic Law and a problem set from the fields of Public or Criminal Law. The solution to the problem set must be submitted within three weeks from the date the case is issued. The cases are issued by the institutes during the semester. Individual information can be found on the websites of the institutes.

The grade of the bachelor’s thesis is calculated by the average of the grades of the two problem sets rounded up to the next grade. Students getting a failing grade on the first attempt have one chance to repeat the problem set in one of the two particular fields, i.e. a problem set with a failing grade in Private Law can be repeated in Private Law or in Economic Law.

Minor in Law for Bachelor’s Students from Other Faculties

Minor Requiring 15 ECTS credits
Basics of Law 15 ECTS credits

Public Law 15 ECTS credits

Private Law 15 ECTS credits (*)

Economic Law 15 ECTS credits

Minors Requiring 30 ECTS credits
Basics of Law 30 ECTS credits

Criminology 30 ECTS credits (**)

Law of Obligations 30 ECTS credits (*)

Law of Obligations and Economic Law 30 ECTS credits

Law and Theories of the State 30 ECTS credits

Minor Requiring 60 ECTS credits Public Law 60 ECTS credits

For further information, please refer to the Study Plan for the Minor Study Programs.

(*) This Minor will no longer be offered with the entry into force of the Study Plan change of August 1, 2017. Students already participating in this Minor will complete it according to the previous Study Plan.

(**) This Minor will no longer be offered as a Minor in Criminal Law and Criminology with the entry into force of the Study Plan change of August 1, 2017, but as a Minor in Criminology. Students already participating in the Minor in Criminal Law and Criminology will complete it according to the previous Study Plan.

Gainful Employment

The study of law is a full-time study program. Students who work more than 15 hours per week, should plan on extending their period of study.

Standard Periods of Study / Extension of the Period of Study

Standard periods of study see Article 8 RSL RW of 21.06.2007 with amendments until May 22, 2014

  • Bachelor’s Introductory Study Period: 2 semesters
  • Bachelor Main Study Period: 4 semesters (request for extending the period of study must be made in the 9th semester)

Performance Examinations

Please use the following link concerning information of how to register for examinations: Studies > Examinations.

Completion of the Introductory Study Period

Students who pass the overall examination of the introductory study period on the first or second attempt are admitted to the main study period, i.e. to further examinations in the single-subject program in law.

Completion of the Main Study Period

After registering for the last examination in the bachelor’s degree program, an application for graduation (see "Documents") must be submitted to the Dean’s Office. Furthermore, proof of the paid examination fee (CHF 300.00 to Postfinance account 30-372016-5 [IBAN CH15 0900 0000 3037 2016 5], Uni Bern, RW-Fakultät) must be submitted. Payment slips are available at the Dean’s Office. If the payment is made online, a confirmation of the payment must be sent along.

Deadline for Submission of the Registration Form

Spring Semester: May 31 / Fall Semester: December 31

As soon as the Dean’s Office has received all grades from an examination period, diplomas and diploma supplements will be issued (no degree certificates will be issued beforehand).

Completion of a Minor at Bachelor’s Level

Students who have completed all required examinations of a minor program apply to pass in KSL (“Request Graduation” function). This function will only be visible once the study program has been fully completed.

In case of problems, please contact Ms. Elisabeth Fehlmann.

The faculty of the major study program issues a degree confirmation for the entire study program.

Advanced Completion of Master’s Credits

Advanced completion for Bachelor students

During the main period of the Bachelor it is possible to complete in advance a maximum of 15 ECTS credits of Master courses (Art. 22(7) Study Regulations RW of June 21, 2007 with amendments through May 22, 2014). The advanced completion of lectures and seminars must be pre-approved by the Dean’s Office.

Examinations: During the registration period for the examinations, students must inform, in writing, Ms. Petra Dasen which Master’s examinations they want to take. Ms. Dasen will then carry out the registration in KSL (independent registration for Master’s examinations by Bachelor’s students is technically prevented by a precondition). IMPORTANT: Registration for Bachelor’s examinations is done in the usual way by the student.

Seminars: The advanced completion of Master’s seminars must be approved by the Dean’s Office. Students will then register for seminars themselves, according to the course announcement.

Mobility Credits: The advance completion of Master’s courses during a mobility program is possible. See, link Mobility Outgoing.

The recognition of grades is done in chronological order. See, link Recognition of Grades.

Advanced Completion for Students of a Minor at the Bachelor’s Level

The advanced completion of Master’s courses is only possible if the Minor at Bachelor’s level has already been completed (note however, that the Major at Bachelor’s level does not have to be completed).

Master’s Degree available to Bachelor’s of Law Graduates

The Bachelor of Law of the University of Bern, entitles students to enter, without determination of standing, the: