Bachelor’s Degree Program in Business Law
«My course of study at ZHAW has opened new career opportunities for me. I’m fascinated by some of the talks delivered by our guest lecturers and I enjoy working on practical topics in the modules.»
Kim Mörtl, BSc student of Business Law
The economy needs legal professionals with a practical mindset who are able to work efficiently and have a clear understanding of economic mechanisms. This BSc program enables you to prepare for a challenging role at the intersection of business and law.
At a Glance
Title: Bachelor of Science (BSc) in Business 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 – Click Application to download the application form (available from the end of October)
Language of Instruction: German and English
Tuition Fee: CHF 720.- per semester + additional program expenses
Consecutive Programs: Master of Science in Management and Law
What You Will Learn
Practical Orientation: A Bachelor’s in Business Law will give you an academic education which is tailored to the exact requirements of business law practice. You will be able to learn from business and legal experts with proven academic and professional backgrounds and deal with tasks and cases taken from the lecturers’ daily work and transferred to the classroom.
Interdisciplinary Approach: The program focuses on national and international business law, combined with key management and communication skills.
Professional Qualification: Our BSc in Business Law program is interdisciplinary and practically oriented, enabling you to address challenges at the intersection of law and business in a thorough and professional manner.
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.
In this elective module, you can take part in a simulated court case (moot court) and join a team that legally represents a litigating party. In cooperation with the ELSA European Law Students' Association, ZHAW students are also able to participate in moot court competitions on WTO law and human rights.
Your Career Prospects
As a graduate of the Bachelor's degree program in Business Law, you have various career paths open to you. Typically, business lawyers take the following roles and are active in the following sectors:
- Tax consulting / auditing
- Staff functions / project management
- Legal consultants in business law
- Human resources
- Financial services providers and insurance companies
- Tax, fiduciary, and auditing services
- Public administrations and trade associations
- Management consulting
- Industry and the service sector
Program Structure and Admission Requirements
The Bachelor program in Business Law has two study levels: In the first-year level (Assessment), you will focus on acquiring basic knowledge and developing a basic methodological toolkit. The first-year level takes two semester (full-time) or three semesters (part-time) to complete. In the subsequent main study period (Hauptstudium) level, you will broaden, deepen, and interlink your legal and business skills.
As Flexible as You
You can choose between studying full-time or part-time.
In the full-time model, you will have classes on four to five days a week, and the program will take you six semesters to complete. The part-time model will take eight semesters and you will attend classes on two whole days a week.
What You Need to Qualify
- A federally recognized commercial vocational baccalaureate: no entrance exam or additional professional experience required
- A non-commercial vocational baccalaureate: no entrance exam required; at least one year of regular work experience in the commercial field
- A federally recognized academic baccalaureate: no entrance exam required; at least one year of regular work experience in the commercial field
- no final exclusion at the faculty of law of a university