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In law studies, the focus is on the examination of applicable law. Students also deal with the origin of regulations and laws as well as the division into public law and private law. Prospective lawyers are taught, among other things, knowledge in areas of law or fields of study such as criminal law, civil law, administrative law or business law. As a degree, bachelor's and master's degrees at a university or university of applied sciences are particularly popular.
In the legal studies program, you will learn the basic knowledge and legal methodology that are essential for working in the field of law. You will learn the basics of private law and public law. Depending on the educational institution, mandatory modules are added, such as legal history, international and European law, or business law. The study program is often strongly theory-oriented.
Depending on the field of study or type of school, the length of study differs. The bachelor's degree can be completed full-time or part-time model and lasts between 6-8 semesters. Afterwards, it is possible to follow a Master's program, which takes another 2-4 semesters. For a bachelor's degree there are basically 180 ECTS, for a master's degree normally 90 ECTS. Start of studies is usually in the fall semester but also possible in the spring semester.
A bachelor's degree or master's degree costs between 4,500 -8,000 francs, depending on the college and university and duration. At a higher technical college between 10'000 - 50'000.- francs, again depending on the course of education. The differences are shown to you here.
Law graduates must be able to formulate and argue logically, both orally and in writing. It is also important to have an interest in economic, political and social issues. Depending on the schools, admission requirements vary and a few years of professional experience in a legal field is required or an aptitude test is taken.
Law school graduates usually work in law firms, courts, and prosecutors' offices. An internship can positively influence entry into the profession and career opportunities and is recommended.
The salary: In Switzerland, a salary between 87,000 and 132,000 francs is possible as a lawyer, of course this varies depending on the industry, degree and position. You can find potential employers here.
University of Applied Sciences vs. University: Law studies are offered at UNIBAS Basel, FFHS Brig, UNILU Luzern, and HSG St.Gallen, among others, at the respective faculties.
Master's degree or bachelor's degree: you will find concrete study programs in law Switzerland including experiences of students below. Also you will find below a selection students and alumni who advise you online and free of charge regarding studies and career.
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