The Master of Law seeks to broaden, develop and supplement knowledge acquired by students in the Bachelor’s degree. The Master of Law programme is designed to allow students to orient their studies according to their interests and professional ambitions. Students can therefore opt for a “general” Master’s, i.e. without subject area, freely compiling their programme from available Master’s courses, or combine their Master’s degree with one or two subject areas focusing on any of the following fields:
Master of Law (MLaw)
One or two subject areas may be chosen: Business Law, Criminal Law, Environmental and Climate Law, International and Comparative Law, International Tax Law and Policy, Labour Law and Social Security, Legal Theory, Litigation Law, Private and Tax Law of Estates, Public Law
Courses are mainly taught in French. Recommended level : C1. A few specific courses are given in English or German.
Candidates must be holders of a Bachelor of Law. The Equivalences Commission decides upon whether to accept holders of a diploma in foreign law, subject to the candidate’s formal admissibility to the Master’s degree.
Enrolment and final dates
It is possible to start the programme of the Master of Arts degree in either the Autumn or the Spring semesters.
Applications to be submitted before 30 April (autumn semester) or 30 November (spring semester) to the Admissions Office: www.unil.ch/immat
Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland must apply for enrolment at least two months prior to the deadlines indicated above.
University studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: oral and written communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas. This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities.
The Master of Law paves the way to training as a barrister or notary and prepares students to enter various legal professions available in public administration, the courts, private companies and international organisations.
Other career prospects can be considered, for example in culture, politics or business.
Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 12 April 2022
School of Law
Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration
Tél. +41 21 692 27 50