Admission

The Admissions Office of the Student Administration Office is responsible for admission to study at the University of Zurich.

Please observe the general admission requirements of the University of Zurich and the special admission requirements for the Master’s study program.

Detailed information on the admission requirements can be found at http://www.degrees.uzh.ch

Admission Requirements, Bachelor of Law

The Swiss state-recognized school leaving certificate or an equivalent educational background is required for admission to a degree program. Anybody who has been irrevocably rejected by the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich, or another Swiss faculty of law, will not be admitted to study law.

Admission Requirements, Master of Law

At least a recognized Bachelor of Law or a university degree of equal value is required for admission to a degree at Master's level at the Faculty of Law.

Admission requirements may apply (clause 8.2 of the M Law program regulations).

Admission with a Bachelor of Law from the Faculty of Law, UZH

Students with a Bachelor's degree from the Faculty of Law, UZH, will be admitted to the Master of Law UZH degree program, the Master of Law UZH with specialization in legal practice, and the Master of Law UZH with specialization in public law without any conditions or additional requirements. Particular admission requirements apply to the Master of Law UZH with specialization in business law.

Admission with a Bachelor of Law from a Swiss faculty of law

Students with a Bachelor of Law from a Swiss faculty of law will be admitted to the Master of Law UZH degree program, the Master of Law UZH with specialization in legal practice, and the Master of Law UZH with specialization in public law without any conditions or additional requirements. Particular admission requirements apply to the Master of Law UZH with specialization in business law.

Admission with a Bachelor of Law from the Brig Distance Learning University

Students with a Bachelor of Law from the Brig Distance Learning University will be admitted to the Master of Law UZH degree program, the Master of Law UZH with specialization in legal practice, and the Master of Law UZH with specialization in public law with additional requirements equating to 6 ECTS credits. Particular admission requirements apply to the Master of Law UZH with specialization in business law.

Admission with a foreign Bachelor of Law or Master of Law

Graduates of a foreign Bachelor of Law or an equal degree program will be admitted to the Master of Law UZH degree program, the Master of Law UZH with specialization in legal practice, and the Master of Law UZH with specialization in public law but must complete modules from the Bachelor’s degree program of the Faculty of Law UZH equating to a maximum of 60 ECTS (cf. § 19 para. 3 of the Framework Ordinance). An admissions committee within the Faculty will decide whether individual Bachelor’s modules have to be completed on the basis of an examination of the candidate’s documents. Particular admission requirements apply to the Master of Law UZH with specialization in business law.

Non-admission with a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in another field of study

Students with a Bachelor’s or Master's degree in another specialization are not admitted to Master's degree programs at the Faculty of Law. In the event of admission to the Bachelor of Law, achievements may be credited if they are of equal value. The Student Advisory Services/Mobility Office shall decide on the transfer of credit on the basis of the Faculty of Law's guidelines for the transfer of credit.

Non-admission with a Bachelor in Business Law from the Zurich University of Applied Sciences

Students who have acquired a Bachelor in Business Law at the Zurich University of Applied Sciences (ZHAW) will join the Bachelor’s degree program of the Faculty of Law at the University of Zurich (RWF UZH). They cannot join the Master’s degree program directly. Assessments from the completed Bachelor in Business Law at the ZHAW may be credited to the Bachelor of Law UZH up to a maximum of 60 ECTS credits.

Students who have not yet completed the Bachelor in Business Law at the ZHAW will only be admitted to the Bachelor of Law UZH if they fulfill the general admission requirements of UZH. If you have any questions regarding admission, please contact the Student Administration Office at UZH.

Joint Degree Admission Requirements

Students will be admitted who are enrolled on a Master's degree program at one of the two universities or who satisfy the requirements for enrollment. Special criteria for admission to the bilingual Joint Degree Master's degree program with specialization are based on the program regulations for the bilingual Joint Degree Master's programs at the Faculty of Law at the University of Zurich and the Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice, and Public Administration at the University of Lausanne.

Double Degree Admission Requirements

Participation in a double degree program requires matriculation either at the University of Zurich or the respective partner university as the home university. Applicants for a Master of Law double degree English must demonstrate that their knowledge of English or French is sufficient. The admission requirements specified in the framework ordinance governing the Bachelor’s and Master’s degree programs at the Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich apply to matriculation at the Faculty of Law. Additional conditions and restrictions, as specified in the program regulations, may apply to the individual specializations. Students who get through the application procedure of the Faculty of Law successfully may participate in a double degree Master's program. Admission is subject to the proviso of admission to the partner faculty. The partner faculty’s respective admission requirements can be found in the information sheet on the admission procedure for a place in the double degree Master’s program of the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich.

Doctoral Studies Admission Requirements

Admission with a Master of Law or licentiate degree from the Faculty of Law, University of Zurich

Candidates who have obtained a Master of Law degree or a licentiate degree in law from the University of Zurich with the distinction summa cum laude or magna cum laude are entitled to admission. Candidates who have not achieved the distinction will be admitted to the doctorate if a member of the professorial staff has indicated willingness to assume supervision.

Admission with a Master of Law or licentiate from the faculty of law at another Swiss university

Candidates who have obtained a Master of Law degree or a licentiate degree in law from another Swiss university are admitted if a member of the professorial staff has indicated willingness to assume supervision.

Admission with a Master of Law or degree of equal value from a foreign faculty of law

Persons who have obtained a Master of Law degree or a degree that is recognized as being of equal value in accordance with § 41 lit. b of the Ordinance on admission to studies at the University of Zurich from a foreign faculty of law are admitted if a member of the professorial staff has indicated willingness to assume supervision. Admission may be linked to conditions or restrictions. The admissions committee decides on admission.

Admission with a Master’s degree or degree of equal value in another field of study

Admission is possible with a Master's degree in another field of study recognized by the University of Zurich, or a university educational background that is recognized as being of equal value, in individual cases. There is no legal entitlement to be admitted to a program. Admission may be linked to conditions or restrictions. The admissions committee decides on admission.

Continuing education degrees

Continuing education qualifications from the Master of Advanced Studies level and courses of equal value do not entitle candidates to admission to the doctorate. However, they may be taken into account in the decision on admission.

Selection procedure

Anybody who has successfully completed the selection process at the Faculty of Law will be admitted to the Faculty of Law’s Doctoral program. Please consult the relevant website for admission to other Doctoral programs:

- Biomedical Ethics and Law PhD program

- Asia and Europe PhD program

- Law and Animals PhD program: Ethics at Crossroads