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The Double Degree Master's Programs

New Double Degree program with Cardozo School of Law in the heart of New York City

The Faculty of Law of the University of Zurich is pleased to announce the launch of a new Double Degree program with the renowned Cardozo School of Law in the heart of New York City, starting this fall semester 2024. As the tenth Double Degree program of the Faculty of Law and the second in the USA, this Double Degree program offers an invaluable opportnity to immerse oneself in both Swiss and the American legal systems. Cardozo School of Law offers several excellent LL.M. (Master of Law) programs focusing on various areas of law. Find out more about the new Double Degree program, the admission requirements and the tuition fees in the Cardozo School of Law Flyer. 

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ECTS Credits

The Double Degree Master’s Programs comprise 120 ECTS credits. Of these, 60 ECTS are completed at the Faculty of Law UZH.


At the Faculty of Law UZH, courses and examinations are held mainly in German or exclusively in English, whereas at the partner faculties in their respective language of instruction.

Admission Requirements

The Student Administration Office or Admissions Office are responsible for the admission to the University of Zurich. Information on admission can be found on the following website: 
Admission Master of Law

In addition, the program-specific admission requirements of the respective partner faculties apply. For further information, please check the flyers under "Partner Faculties".

Study Program

Students in the Double Degree Master's Program can choose between the following two study programs:

    MLaw UZH Rechtswissenschaft
    MLaw UZH International and Comparative Law

Within these study programs, students at the Faculty of Law UZH must complete the following modules totaling 60 ECTS credits

German-language Double Degree study program Rechtswissenschaft

Module ECTS Module Type
Core Elective Pool Foundations of Law 6 Core Elective
Optional Elective Pool 42 Various
Master's Thesis 12 Compulsory

English-language Double Degree study program International and Comparative Law

Module ECTS Module Type
Introduction to Swiss Law* 6 Compulsory
Core Elective Modules Foundations of Law 6 Core Elective
Core Elective Modules International Law 18 Core Elective

Core Elective Modules Comparative Law

12 Core Elective
An other (English-language) module of the faculty according to choice 6 Elective/Core Elective
Master’s Thesis 12 Compulsory

*For students with a Bachelor of Law degree from a Swiss university the module Introduction to Swiss Law is considered fulfilled upon commencement of the study program. Instead, they complete another (English-language) module of the faculty according to choice in the amount of 6 ECTS credits.

Important: Admission to the Zurich bar examination with the degree in the Double Degree Master's program is possible. However, it should be emphasized that due to its focus on international law, comparative law aspects as well as foreign law, the study program is not specifically geared towards an internship at a Zurich district court (auditoriate) and also not towards the subjects examined in occasion of the Zurich bar exam (§10 Abs. 3 PrüfV, OS 215.11). Graduates of this  study program who wish to take the cantonal bar exam must therefore deepen their knowledge of Swiss law on their own responsibility, which involves an additional learning effort.

Repeat Examinations

The module Introduction to Swiss Law and the Master's thesis may be repeated twice. A third failed attempt results in final rejection.

For the other modules, a common maximum of eight failed attempts applies. As long as the maximum number of failed attempts has not been reached, they can be repeated and substituted by other modules, provided they are offered again. When substituting modules, it must be ensured that sufficient modules of the respective module group (compulsory elective modules Fundamentals, compulsory elective modules International Law and compulsory elective modules Comparative Law) are completed. If further compulsory modules (in addition to the Master's thesis) are chosen in the study programme Law, they can be repeated a maximum of two times, otherwise the repeatability is only limited by the maximum number of failed attempts. A final rejection takes place if there are more than eight failed attempts.

Study Goals

The double degree Master's programmes conducted jointly with the partner faculties offer students the opportunity to expand and deepen their knowledge of the Swiss legal system, the legal system of the country of the respective partner faculty and international law. Participants acquire two Master's degrees ("Master of Law UZH" as well as the corresponding academic degree of the partner faculty) after a standard period of study of two years.

If you are applying to the University of Zurich, you will find further information on the following website:
Double Degree Outgoings

If you are enrolled at one of our partner faculties, you will find further information on the following website:
Double Degree Incomings

Weiterführende Informationen

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