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Faculty of Law

Study Plan

Selecting Courses

Lectures offered can be found in the online course catalogue.  

You can devise your individual study plan from these lectures as you see fit. The Faculty of Law UZH does not define any conditions in this regard, there are

  • no minimum number of ECTS credits and
  • no compulsory modules.

We recommend completing a minimum of 12 ECTS credits per semester. Mobility students may attend no more than one seminar per semester.

Mobility students are, however, subject to the regulations and obligations of their home universities. It is therefore of the utmost importance that students arrange their study plan with their home faculty.

N.B.: As a mobility student, you are able to attend modules from various study semesters or levels. Collisions may occur with regard to lectures, examinations, etc

You are responsible yourself for arranging a course and examination schedule that is free of collisions!

If you want to book modules or register for examinations offered by other faculties at the University of Zurich, please contact the departemental coordinator of the respective faculty/departement. 

Courses Offered in English

Almost all courses of the Bachelor’s program are offered in German. Numerous courses at Master’s level are offered in English. These can be found in the online course catalogue.

Lectures offered in English: Fall semester 2023 (PDF, 199 KB)






Olat Tutorial

Information on how to access the course materials

Information on the format of teaching can be found on the website of the professors conducting the lecture, or, if the lecturer is not a professor at the Faculty of Law, on the website of the module coordinator.

For registration for the online lecture, we recommend taking the following steps:

  1. Check out the course catalogue, and search for the module, that you are going to attend.
  2. Check who is teaching the course. Go to the website of the professor to find more detailed information about his or her lecture, for instance on which platform his lectures are broadcasted:
  3. In most cases the materials are provided on OLAT. Under the following link you will find instructions and more detailed information on the use of OLAT: OLAT User Manual

Please note: Module booking is not linked to the registration for the lectures. Booking a module does not mean that you have registered for a lecture. Module booking means the registration for an examination only.You may attend online lectures, even if you have not yet booked modules.

General Information on Courses

Courses offered by the Faculty of Law include lectures, exercises, discussions, colloquia, tutorials and seminars. The responsible lecturers will gladly inform you about possible teaching materials for the specific modules. 


Modules can consist of several parts, for example lectures and exercises. The workload for a module includes both attendance time and self-study (writing papers, preparation for presentations and examinations).


A lecture is a teaching method conducted by a lecturer in which an aspect of law is systematically examined. Lectures form the foundation and point of departure when dealing with a topic.


The purpose of exercises is the development of knowledge and skills gained in a field, as well as applying abstract concepts to concrete facts by working on problems derived from practical situations. Attending an exercise only makes sense when you are thoroughly prepared and able to take active part in discussions.

Bachelor's and Master's Thesis

Bachelor’s Thesis (seminars)

Bachelor’s thesis are used to apply an academic approach to defined problems within a specialized field. Each semester, about ten to twenty seminars (sometimes organized as block courses lasting several days) are offered in various fields. Participation in a seminar is based on a paper about a specific topic. During a seminar, you will be expected to participate actively and possibly to prepare a presentation on the topic under consideration.

Registration for the seminars takes place in the previous semester in each case. Students must therefore register in the autumn semester for a seminar in the spring semester, and in the spring semester for a seminar in the autumn semester.
Bachelor's dissertations are usually written in the previous semester and then presented and discussed in a seminar in the following semester.

The current range is published under this Link.

Master's Theses

There are two options for writing a Master’s thesis. A Master’s thesis may be agreed on with the lecturer at any time and independently of a Master’s module, or it may be written as part of a seminar.

Further information is available in the information sheet on Master’s theses.

The Master’s thesis agreement must be completed in full for each Master’s thesis.

Please find further information here.

Weiterführende Informationen

General information

Link to more information about the studies

Course Catalogue