Joint Degree Lausanne

The bilingual joint degree Master’s program at the Faculté de droit, des sciences criminelles et d’administration publique at the University of Lausanne and the Faculty of Law at the University of Zurich was introduced in the Fall Semester of 2012.

Program Aims

These bilingual joint degree Master’s programs offer students the opportunity to complete their Master’s studies simultaneously at both partner faculties and, in this way, apply and expand their knowledge of Swiss and international law, as well as of German and French legal language, at more than one university.

Study Program

The joint degree Master’s program may be completed either with or without one of the following concentrations:

  • Business Law*
  • Public Law*

*Please note that the concentrations of the previous Joint Degree Master Program (Business Law, Public Law) will not be continued. Spring Semester 2020 is the last semester in which students will be able to begin study programs with a concentration.


The degree programs comprise 90 ECTS credits, which corresponds to a standard period of three semesters of full-time study. At least one semester is spent at each partner university. 30 ECTS credits must be earned at the faculty in Zurich and 30 ECTS credits at the faculty in Lausanne. The other 30 ECTS credits are earned for writing a Master’s thesis at the faculty in Zurich and/or Lausanne.


Courses and assessments in Lausanne are held mainly in French; in Zurich, they are held mainly in German or English.