Bachelor’s Degree Program in Business Law
"The economy needs practical-thinking and efficient business lawyers with a strong awareness of economic interconnections. This degree program prepares you for challenging tasks at the interface of business and law."
Nicole Bühler, Business Law Graduate
At a Glance
Title: Bachelor of Science (BSc) ZHAW in Business 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
Language of Instruction: German (individual modules in English)
Tuition Fee: CHF 720.- per semester + additional program expenses
Consecutive Programs: Master of Science in Management and Law
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, International Approach: The program focuses on national and international business law, combined with key management and communication skills. English language, legal, and business modules will prepare you for working in a company with an international profile.
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.
Well-Established: ZHAW has been training business lawyers since 2003, making the university a pioneer in this field. Its degree program in Business Law has since become firmly established in the job market and the Swiss educational landscape.
Accredited: The ZHAW School of Management and Law has been accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) since 2015. AACSB is the world's leading agency for the accreditation of business schools. An AACSB certification reflects excellence in both academic teaching and research.
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.
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.
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 particular, ZHAW students have the opportunity to participate in moot court competitions organized by the ELSA European Law Students’ Association and Pace University.
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:
- Compliance / data protection
- 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
"We have come to realize that there are many legal clerks and many attorneys - but that there is a lack of skilled professionals in between. ZHAW graduates are trained to perform a wide range of practical legal tasks."
Christian Schneider, Head of Legal, Zurich and Ticino, and Andreas Gick, Head of Standard Business, Legal Services, Germany and Switzerland, AXA-ARAG AG
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.
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.
This program has been awarded the quality seal by the Foundation for International Business Administration Accreditation (FIBAA) for its quality in study and teaching.
The detailed assessment and further information about the accreditations of the ZHAW School of Management and Law can be found here.
- 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
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