Bachelor’s Degree Program in Applied Law
“What we’ve noticed is that in our professional field, there are many lawyers and many administrators - but not much in-between. In our company, ZHAW graduates have a wide range of practical legal positions to choose from.”
Christian Schneider, Head of Legal, Zurich and Ticino, AXA-ARAG Rechtsschutz AG
Legal issues increasingly permeate both everyday life and people’s professional lives. The expertise of legal professionals is therefore in high demand. This degree program helps you prepare for a wide range of legal roles in all areas of business and administration.
At a Glance
Title: Bachelor of Science (BSc) ZFH in Angewandtem Recht (Bachelor of Science in Applied Law, UAS Zurich)
Academic achievement: 180 ECTS credits (one ECTS corresponds to approx. 30 hours of study time)
Mode of Study: Full-time or part-time
Duration: 6 semesters (full-time), 8 semesters (part-time)
Start of Program: Mid-September (calendar week 38)
Application Deadline: 30 April 2022 – apply now
Language of Instruction: German
Tuition Fee: CHF 720.- per semester + additional program expenses
Consecutive Programs: Master of Science in Management and Law
The Bachelor’s degree program in Applied Law provides a generalist legal education which covers all core areas of Swiss law. Special attention is given to linguistic and methodological competence. This course of study is designed for individuals who wish to assume responsible legal positions in private law, public law, or criminal law.
Graduates of the BSc in Applied Law program can choose between many different legal roles, for example:
- In companies operating in highly regulated markets and in the agencies regulating these companies, such as in the insurance, financial services, pharmaceutical, energy, or telecommunications sectors;
- In municipal, cantonal, or federal administrations in Switzerland, such as residents’ register offices, social services, civil register offices, driver and vehicle licensing offices, the police, the penal system, or areas of immigration or customs;
- In government-related entities at the federal (SwissPost, SBB, or Swisscom), cantonal, or communal (e.g., utility companies) level;
- In social insurance or public health, such as health and accident insurance companies, compensation offices, invalidity insurance offices, hospitals, clinics, or care/retirement homes;
- In associations, NGOs, and NPOs, such as trade unions or employers’ associations, trade associations, tenants’ or consumers’ associations, and environmental organizations.
The Bachelor’s degree program consists of two levels: the first year (“Assessment”) and the main study period (“Hauptstudium”). At both levels of study, professional legal competence accounts for two-thirds of the curriculum, and legal language and methodological competence for the other one-third. As a part-time course of study, the program usually takes eight semesters to complete and allows students to have a part-time job of up to 60% in addition to their studies. The full-time course of study usually takes six semesters to complete.
You may choose between a part-time and a full-time course of study. For part-time students, the program takes eight semesters, and you will have classes on only two days a week. As a full-time student, you will have classes on four or five days a week, and the program will take six semesters to complete.
Swiss federal commercial vocational baccalaureate: no entrance exam or additional professional experience required
Swiss federal (non-commercial) vocational baccalaureate: no entrance exam but at least one year of regular work in the commercial field
Swiss federal baccalaureate: no entrance exam but at least one year of regular work in the commercial field
No final expulsion received from a university law school