Master of Law UZH (in German)

As part of the Study Reform 2021, the Master’s degree program has been completely overhauled with a view to the practical requirements. In addition to the compulsory modules, students can define their own concentrations or obtain a broad overview of various areas of law.

In the Master of Law UZH study program, there are five compulsory modules totaling 30 ECTS credits that must be completed. 12 ECTS credits must be obtained through modules chosen from the Common Subjects core elective pool. 36 ECTS credits are earned through elective modules; 6 of those ECTS credits may be earned outside the Faculty of Law. In addition, students must write a Master’s Thesis worth 12 ECTS credits.

Overview of Modules from Fall Semester 2021

Students must complete the following individual modules*:

Module

Module Type

ECTS

Zivilverfahrensrecht

Compulsory

12

Handels- und Wirtschaftsrecht II (Wettbewerbsrecht, Immaterialgüterrecht)

Compulsory

6

Wiederholungs- und Vertiefungskurs Strafrecht/Strafverfahrensrecht

Compulsory

6

Steuerrecht

Compulsory

3

Fallbearbeitung im Öffentlichen Recht

Compulsory

3

Common Subjects Core Elective Pool

Core Elective

12

Faculty Elective Pool

Elective/Core Elective

30-36

External Faculty Elective Pool

Depending on the module

0-6

Master's Thesis

Compulsory

12

*Modules listed in German are taught exclusively in German. 

Repeat Examinations

The rules for repeat examinations will be published here at a later date.

Transitional Regulations

Who is Affected?

The transitional regulations apply to students who started the Master of Law UZH with or without a concentration before Fall Semester 2021 but who have not yet completed it or been permanently excluded, provided they have successfully completed at least one Master’s module at the Faculty of Law. Starting in the Fall Semester 2021, students will be transferred to the Master’s degree program based on the new regulations. The previous modules will then no longer be offered if they are not continued in the new degree program.

Bachelor’s students who fulfill the following prerequisites as of the end of Spring Semester 2021 are also subject to the transitional provisions of the Master’s degree program:

  • At least 162 ECTS credits completed toward the Bachelor of Law UZH and
  • At least one Master’s module taken in advance in the Faculty of Law

What Needs to be Kept in Mind?

Master’s degree modules that were completed successfully before the changeover will be credited toward the revised Master's degree program on the basis of the number of ECTS credits received in accordance with the provisions of the old program regulations. ECTS credits that have already been earned for Master’s modules in specialized core elective pools or compulsory modules from a Master’s degree program with a concentration will be credited as elective modules during the transitional period. 90 ECTS credits are required for the degree.

Students must earn 12 ECTS credits from the Common Subjects core elective pool and write a Master’s thesis worth at least 12 ECTS credits. For the remaining required ECTS credits, students may choose the courses they want to complete as before (Faculty of Law Master’s degree module range). They may also complete compulsory modules on a voluntary basis.

Failed attempts taken up to and including Spring Semester 2021 will not be taken into account, provided that they have not already led to the student’s exclusion from the study program.

Spring Semester 2020 is the last semester in which students will be able to begin study programs with a concentration.

Transition Table*

Modules acc. to Old Regulations

ECTS

 

Modules acc. to New or Transitional Regulations

ECTS

Common Subjects Core Elective Pool

12

Fulfilled

Common Subjects Core Elective Pool

12

Master's Thesis/es Core Elective Pool

18

Fulfilled

Master's Thesis

12

Elective modules

60

Are accredited as elective modules

Elective modules

36

 

 

Does not need to be fulfilled by students under the transitional regulations

Compulsory modules

30

*Modules listed in German are taught exclusively in German.