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Bachelor’s Degree Program in Applied Law

Portrait Jan Wallimann

"The Bachelor’s program in Applied Law offers a sound basic legal education that opens many doors. This degree will give me direct access to the professional world, but I can also go on to complete a Master's degree program and be admitted to the bar."

Jan Wallimann, student, BSc in Applied Law

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) ZHAW in Angewandtem Recht (Bachelor of Science ZHAW in Applied Law)
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 2024 - apply now
Location: Winterthur
Language of Instruction: German
Tuition Fee: CHF 720.- per semester + additional program expenses
Consecutive Programs: Master of Science in Management and Law

What You Will Learn

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.

Three practical examples from the program

Law Clinic

Talented students can apply to join the ZHAW Law Clinic, where they will offer free legal advice to students at ZHAW and other institutions under the supervision of legal professionals. This enables them to apply the knowledge they acquire in their studies to practical contexts and to gain valuable experience in dealing with real cases.

International NGO Law and Policy Project

The International NGO Law and Policy Project (INLPP) provides free legal, policy, research, communications, and advocacy services to NGOs. The INLPP is staffed by students and gives them the opportunity to use their knowledge and skills to solve real world challenges.

Moot Courts

The ZHAW enables you to participate in renowned international moot courts. Moot courts are simulated court or arbitration proceedings in which teams of students from different universities compete against each other and represent one of the parties in a dispute.

Your Career Prospects

Graduates of the BSc in Applied Law program can choose between many different legal roles, for example:

Christian Schneider, Head Of Legal Zürich und Tessin, AXA-ARAG Rechtsschutzversicherung

“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

Program Structure and Admission Requirements


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.

As Flexible as You

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.

What You Need to Qualify

Further details about the admission requirements

Ask a Student

“Do you want to know more about our Bachelor’s program in Applied Law, the study formats, or life on the SML Campus? Send me an email and I’ll be happy to answer your questions.”

Naime Gündüz, Student, BSc in Applied Law

BSc Brochure (in German)

Question Mark Graphic

Are you interested in our Bachelor’s program in Applied Law and still have questions? Here you will find the answers to frequently asked questions (FAQs).