FAQ

I have not yet completed the assessment. Do I first need to do so before I can register for advanced level modules under the transitional regulations?

No. Students who have registered for the Bachelor of Law UZH by the end of Spring Semester 2021 and who have not yet completed the assessment level will automatically be registered in the advanced level as of Fall Semester 2021 and may register for all assessment and advanced level modules accordingly.

Will I lose the ECTS credits I’ve already earned as a result of the Study Reform?

No, ECTS credits will not be lost as a result of the reform. Modules that were completed successfully before the changeover will be credited toward the revised degree program on the basis of the number of ECTS credits received in accordance with the provisions of the old program regulations.

Example: Students who have successfully completed Criminal Law I in accordance with the old regulations will receive 15 ECTS credits even if the module will only be worth 12 ECTS credits under the new regulations. Conversely, students who have successfully completed Public Law I under the old regulations will receive 15 ECTS credits even if the module is worth 18 ECTS credits after the reform.

How can I fulfill the workload of 180 ECTS credits if I have already completed all the modules required for the degree but these add up to fewer than 180 ECTS credits?

Other elective modules or proseminar modules can be completed to make up for the missing ECTS credits. In addition, until the end of Spring Semester 2021 it will still be possible to complete core elective modules that have not already been taken or to write additional case studies.

No modules equivalent to modules previously completed under the old regulations may be taken (see transition tables).

Students who are unable to earn at least 180 ECTS credits in this manner because of the composition of the modules completed can contact their academic advisor.

Do students who complete the Bachelor of Law in Spring Semester 2021 have to complete the Civil Procedure/Enforcement Law and Tax Law modules again in the Master of Law?

In principle, yes. Students can avoid having to do so by earning 162 of the ECTS credits that count toward the Bachelor’s degree and completing a Master’s module in advance by the end of Spring Semester 2021. Students who do so will not have to complete the Civil Procedure/Enforcement Law and Tax Law modules for the Master’s degree.

I plan to complete my Bachelor’s study program after the new regulations enter into force and would like to avoid having to complete the Civil Procedure/Enforcement Law and Tax Law modules twice. Can I book additional modules in place of these two Bachelor’s degree modules before Fall Semester 2021 that will be credited to my Bachelor’s degree? If so, which ones?

Yes. Elective modules from the Faculty of Law can be booked as additional modules. In addition, modules from a core elective pool that have not yet been taken can also be booked, provided they do not include any courses that have already been completed. (It continues to be the case that only one module per core elective pool may be booked per semester.) Additional case studies and Bachelor’s theses may be completed as well.

If I intend to complete a Master’s degree module in advance, by when must I do so in order to have the freedom to choose my courses in the Master’s program during the transition phase? Do Master’s theses also count toward this?

Advance Master’s degree modules must be completed by no later than Spring Semester 2021 in order for them to appear on the corresponding transcript of records. Master’s theses count as well. In contrast to Master’s degree modules, a Master’s thesis can be started before 162 ECTS credits have been earned toward the Bachelor’s degree. At the end of Spring Semester 2021, a review will be conducted to determine if a Master’s degree module has been completed or a Master’s thesis successfully written and 162 ECTS credits have been earned toward the Bachelor’s degree.

Will there be repeat examinations for assessments that were not completed successfully in Spring Semester 2021?

No. The assessments will have to be completed in accordance with the new regulations starting in Fall Semester 2021.

Do I still need to write a Master’s thesis after the deadline?

All students who complete the Master’s program after the start of Fall Semester 2021 must have successfully completed one or more Master’s theses worth at least 12 ECTS credits. Starting in Fall Semester 2021, only Master’s theses worth this many credits will be offered. It will no longer be possible to write more than one Master’s thesis.

As a result, the following scenarios are possible during the transition phase:

  • I have written one Master’s thesis worth 6 ECTS credits:
    The ECTS credits will be credited. Another Master’s thesis worth 12 ECTS credits must still be written.
  • I have written two Master’s theses, each worth 6 ECTS credits:
    The two Master’s theses fulfill the compulsory module requirements under the new regulations. Another Master’s thesis does not have to be written.
  • I have written one Master’s thesis worth 18 ECTS credits:
    The ECTS credits will be credited and the compulsory module requirements under the new regulations have been fulfilled. Another Master’s thesis does not have to be written.

What happens if I have already met the requirements for a minor program of study in the Faculty of Law, but I have not yet completed the major program of study by the end of Spring Semester 2021? Do I need confirmation or the like to attest that the minor program of study has already been completed in accordance with the old regulations?

No confirmation is necessary. If the prerequisites for the completion of the minor program of study have been met by the end of Spring Semester 2021, it will be credited toward the subsequent completion of the major program of study. In this case, the new regulations regarding the minor program of study can be disregarded.

Will my academic achievements be credited in accordance with the new regulations if I switch from the minor to the major program of study?

Yes. Modules that have been successfully completed in the minor program of study will be credited toward the completion of the major program of study (starting in Fall Semester 2021: single major program of study). The modules will be credited even if they have already been credited toward the completion of a major program of study in another faculty.