University of Lausanne (Université de Lausanne)Established in 1537, the University of Lausanne is composed of seven faculties where approximately 12,091 students and 2,300 researchers work and study. Importance is placed on an interdisciplinary approach, with close collaboration between students, professors and teaching staff.
The University of Lausanne is situated at the heart of the French-speaking region of Switzerland.
The law school
The Faculty of Law and Criminal Justice at the University of Lausanne allows students to acquire not only a sense of moderation and balance, but also knowledge of positive law and critical and analytical capabilities essential for the practice of any legal profession. Classes provide training in logical reasoning and precision of expression. Moreover, the Faculty adds a practical dimension to its teaching through cooperation with members of the bar, entrusting some courses or seminars to practising lawyers and notaries.
Although the legal system in force in a given country constitutes the main frame of reference for law studies, the law does not exist in isolation in any of its dimensions. Indeed any legal system is profoundly marked by the history, politics and economy of the society it seeks to govern, as well as by its exchanges with other legal systems.
The courses taught in the Faculty take all these contexts into account.
Tuition amounts to approximately 15,000 Swiss Francs (currently approximately 12,000 Euro or 15,000 US Dollars) for the program.
Students from the United States or Canada should normally have a undergraduate degree (BA, four years) and at least 1 year of their JD program. Many US and Canadian Law schools may allow students to follow this program as part of their JD program which allows them to obtain the LLM degree at the same time as their JD program.
The Diploma Committee may admit students who have obtained a diploma following at least 3 years of study and at least one further year of studies and/or practical experience, in particular from countries not applying the Bologna system or where a Master's degree is not required for being admitted to practice as a lawyer (such as the United Kingdom).
Candidates whose previous university diploma is not in Law but a related field (e.g. International Relations, Economics or similar) may be admitted at the discretion of the Diploma Committee.
Participants must prove a good knowledge of English in their motivation letter (number of years of Language classes taken, specific experience in an English-speaking environment etc.). Normally, candidates are expected to have a minimum TOEFL score of 580 (paper-based) or 237 (computer-based) or 92 (internet-based). Proof of an equivalent level of language proficiency may be acceptable. Moreover, you should know that the school expects you to be able to follow classes entirely held in English and to write your assignments in English.
There is no requirement to master French in order to enroll for the program.
LLM - International and European Economic and Commercial Law
The LLM program has some unique features which distinguish it from many programs offered in Europe these days. Unlike programs usually offered under the heading "LLM" in the Netherlands, Germany or the United Kingdom this program is a true post-graduate program (like in the US or Australia) which is only open to students already having at least four years of university studies. Students will therefore study with a deliberately small group of not more than 30-40 graduates. The fact that courses are concentrated on a few days of teaching per week allow for the participation of many practitioners from Geneva's missions and international organizations, leave plenty of time to study individually and enhance the contact with the faculty.
The program is divided into 60 ECTS Credits. The common core content of compulsory courses of the LL.M. consists of 12 ECTS Credits.
In order to acquire an area of special expertise, each student chooses among one of the following two specializations (12 ECTS each):
- International and European Economic Law / WTO Law
- International and European Commercial Law
In addition students choose freely among a number of options (20 ECTS Credits) from the entire program and have to write a Master Thesis (16 ECTS Credits) in their area of specialization.