FAQ Graduation

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General questions

Questions concerning the graduation process

Degree program-specific questions on the application to graduate:

Master of Law

Students in the minor subject

General questions concerning graduation

When must I apply to graduate?

You apply to graduate in the semester in which you plan to complete your studies. You can click the application within a preset period once per semester via the module booking tool.

I have already clicked on the link in the module booking tool by mistake and can no longer activate the link. What should I do?

Send an e-mail to the Service Desk in the Dean's Office and let us know which degree program you would like to graduate from. We will send you the link again by e-mail.

I clicked on the link in the module booking tool out of curiosity but do not want to apply to graduate. What must I do?

You can withdraw from the application to graduate by sending an e-mail to the Service Desk in the Dean's Office.

When I click on the link using the module booking tool, it takes me to the wrong application (e.g., Master of Law without any specialization instead of Master of Law with Specialization in Public Law). How do I find the right application?

Please check your semester enrollment. If you find that you are enrolled in the wrong degree program, you will only be able to apply to graduate in the next semester. You can only re-enroll during the enrollment period. In this respect, please comply with the   Ordinance on Admission to Studies at the University of Zurich, dated 27 August 2018 (in German only)

I have applied to graduate. Which course must I enroll in for the following semester?

Students in a Bachelor’s degree program enroll for the Master’s degree program. In the event of not passing the Bachelor’s degree, students are automatically relegated to the Bachelor's degree program. The form for applying to graduate must be resubmitted in the following semester. In this respect, please comply with the  Ordinance on Admission to Studies at the University of Zurich, dated 27 August 2018 (in German only)

I would like to apply to graduate this semester but have missed the deadline. What can I do?

To apply to graduate retrospectively, you must make an application in writing to the Legal Department of the Dean's Office of the Faculty of Law, in which you justify why you were unable to comply with the deadline. The Legal Department of the Dean's Office will decide on the basis of your arguments whether you can apply late. If you have any questions concerning the request, please contact the Legal Department of the Dean's Office directly: Legal Department of the Dean's Office

Please address your letter to:

University of Zurich Faculty of Law
Legal Department of the Dean's Office
Rämistrasse 74/2
8001 Zurich

You may, of course, also deliver the letter in person to the Service Desk in the Dean's Office during opening hours.

Questions concerning the graduation process

When trying to complete the table in the application, I cannot find the module in the selection, or the module I select in the table does not match the number of ECTS credits on the module I have completed. What can I do?

The tables in the application are linked to the course catalogue. It is important that you pay attention to whether the upper or lower case is used. Modules that are rated differently are listed several times. Modules that are not shown in the course catalogue, such as language modules at the language center, and modules that were completed at other universities are not available for selection. In this case, you can simply overwrite the line.

I have completed the application and sent it off. How can I be sure that you have received it?

You will be sent a confirmation e-mail once it has been sent.

Why have I not received a confirmation e-mail?

The confirmation e-mail is sent to your UZH e-mail address. If you have not received this e-mail, the application does not seem to have been sent. Please check your spam folder first and then contact the Service Desk in the Dean's Office.

How do I know whether I have completed the application correctly?

Should there be anything on the application that is unclear, we will contact you by phone during the processing period (fall semester in January/February and spring semester in August/September). Please make sure that your contact details in the module booking system are correct.

(Only for students in a Master’s degree program) I would like to apply to courts and have already done all the work. My Master’s thesis has been registered by the Dean's Office and I have not booked any further modules. Can I receive premature confirmation of my degree?

Premature confirmation of a degree is not possible. However, the Zurich court authorities accept a provisional confirmation of degree, which will be prepared by the Service Desk in the Dean's Office on request, subject to the following conditions:

No modules have been booked in the current semester, either within the Faculty or outside it.
All credits have been transferred until four weeks before the graduation.
The Master’s thesis has been registered.

Degree program-specific questions on the application to graduate

Master of Law

May I choose which module I am given credit for in the Common Subjects pool?

You may only choose in the case of core elective modules taken in the same semester. Otherwise, you are bound by the chronological order.

May I have a Master’s thesis in the Common Subjects pool count toward my degree?

No, that is not possible.

May I write Master's theses of more than 18 ECTS?

Yes, you may write more theses and then have these credited in the elective pool. As a result, the elective pool will diminish by the corresponding number of ECTS credits with each Master’s thesis that you have additionally credited toward your degree.

Students in the minor subject

Must I also enroll at the Faculty of Law for the final degree?

No, you apply to graduate at your home faculty.