Master of Arts in Legal Studies (MALS) - University of Fribourg

The MA in Legal Studies is a programme unique in Switzerland; its aim is to provide non-law graduates and law graduates from other countries with a solid understanding of Swiss law. Its students benefit from the flexibility of the programme which allows them to choose a combination of courses offered in both French and German. Those who pass a certain number of exams in German and in French may obtain their MA in legal studies with a special mention of "Bilingue".

The University of Fribourg is Switzerland's only bilingual university that offers courses both in French and German. It is also an international institution with a number of courses taught in English and an excellent international reputation for its research. 

Location: Fribourg, Switzerland

Single Diploma

Language: French, German

Number of Places/Students per year: n/a

Start Date: September 2016 (fall admissions) or February 2017 (spring admissions)

Duration: 3 semesters

Price/Fee: 655 CHF (aprox. 590 EUR) per semester for Swiss nationals, or 805 CHF (aprox. 725 EUR) per semester for foreign students. For more information on how tuition fees are calculated, please see the relevant section of the Admission and Registration website.

Scholarships: The University of Fribourg does not offer any scholarships, however its students may be eligible to apply for a Reduction of the Tuition Fee before May 1.

Accommodation: The University of Fribourg recommends APARTIS to students seeking accommodation in the city. Alternatively, it provides a list of approved hostels.


Application Process

Students with a non-law Bachelor degree from a Swiss or foreign university, or a Bachelor or Master of Law from a foreign university are welcomed to apply to the MALS.

Language Requirements: Applicants must demonstrate their language skills in French or German through a language diploma at level B2, unless they have obtained 90 ECTS credits in an academic degree programme where the official teaching language is French or German or they have received their advanced secondary education in one of those two languages.

• Deadline: All application materials must be submitted online before April 30 for fall semester admissions, and November 30 for spring semester admissions.

• Application Fee: 100 CHF (90 EUR)

• Documents: Applicants must submit the following documents: 

a) their CV;

b) proof of payment of the application fee;

c) a copy of their ID or valid passport;

d) a certified copy of their secondary education diploma;

e) certified copies of relevant degrees and diplomas, with an officially certified English or French translation, if the original is not in French, English, German, Italian or Spanish;

f) a copy of their transcript of records;

g) a copy of their diploma supplement (if available).


Programme Structure (90 ECTS)

Students choose their own curriculum and course schedule in order to focus on those areas of the law that match their personal and career interests. For a complete list of the available courses, see the official website.

• Core Courses: 

o Courses offered in French: Droit civil I; Droit des obligations I; Droit des obligations II; Droit pénal I; Droit pénal II / Procédure pénale; Droit public I; Droit public II; Introduction au droit / Procédure civile et exécution forcée

o Courses offered in German: Einführung in das Recht / Zivilprozess und SchKG; Obligationenrecht I; Obligationenrecht II; Öffentliches Recht I; Öffentliches Recht II; Strafrecht I; Strafrecht II / Strafprozessrecht; Zivilrecht I

• Elective Courses: 

o Courses offered in French: Accords bilatéraux CH/UE; Droit approfondi des religions: Droit ecclésiastique; Droit fiscal; Droit public de l'organisation; Droit public économique et financier I; Droit suisse de la migration; Entraide internationale en matière pénale; Histoire du droit; Introduction au droit des religions; Procédure administrative; Procédure pénale (CPP); Propriété intellectuelle II; Protection juridique en droit public

o Courses offered in German: Arbeitsrecht; Europarecht II / Binnenmarktrecht; Internationales Privat- und Zivilprozessrecht; Kriminologie; Römisches Recht; Scheidungsrecht; Sozialrecht; Steuerrecht; Strafprozessrecht (StPO); Strafrecht I; Strafrecht II / Strafprozessrecht; Unternehmenssteuerrecht; Vertiefung im Strafrecht: SVG/BetmG; Vertrag und Sachenrecht; Verwaltungsprozessrecht; Verwaltungsverfahren; Zivilprozess und SchKG; Zivilrecht II; Zivilrecht III

o Courses offered in English: Comparative Constitutional Law; European and Swiss Competition Law; International and European Responsibility Law; Public Economic Law in the EU

• Master Thesis (5 ECTS)


Career Prospects: The MALS is intended for professionals seeking to enhance their career opportunities by acquiring a deeper knowledge of the law. Its graduates are employed as lawyers, legal advisors at social welfare administration, professional and trade associations, as officials and advisers in municipal, cantonal, and Federal government agencies, as well as in international organisations and legal firms.



Mailing Address: Décanat Faculté de droit, Université de Fribourg, Av. de l Europe 20, 1700 Fribourg,  Suisse

Tel.: +41 (0)26 300 80 00

Fax: +41 (0)26 300 97 19 

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By Angeliki Tsanta