LL.M. International Business Law


Program Description

For 20 years the LL.M. International Business Law offers a unique and valuable experience to law graduates taking into account the complex legal needs of the global economy wishing to pursue advanced studies. With over 200 years of experience, the Faculty of Law at the University of Zurich is known worldwide for the excellence of its faculty and its legal education programs. The school’s location, Zurich, is the economic capital and most vibrant city of Switzerland and is situated in the heart of Europe allowing students to easily discover the European countries and explore Switzerland’s stunning nature.

Ursula Meisser / Ursula Meisser

The ongoing demand and positive feedback from program graduates reflect the attractiveness and practical applicability of this graduate program. The next course will run from 2019 to 2020. As in the past, the course will entail a highly challenging, practice-related work-study program. An international team of lecturers ensures that course subject matter is not limited to national issues but encompasses a growing body of international business law. Academic modules conducted in the USA, as well as in China and Geneva, contribute to the international nature of the program.

Among the strength that graduate students find at the University of Zurich are the opportunity to pursue a broad course of study, and the possibility to explore their areas of interest in the Specialization Courses. Students will profit from our LL.M. program specially designed and developed for lawyers working in an international field.


The LL.M. Program International Business Law is primarily geared towards lawyers seeking to acquire deeper knowledge in international business law for their current or prospective careers.

Structure of the Program

The LL.M. program takes place over one year (8 months of lectures plus thesis) and is conducted on a full-time basis. The program consists of basic courses and a specialization course. To obtain the LL.M. title, all basic lectures, a specialization course, and a diploma thesis must be successfully completed.

The entire course covers about 410 lectures. Classes take place from Monday to Friday in the mornings, Friday afternoons, and Saturday mornings (attendance is compulsory). Lectures are held in English.

The basic courses teach the basics of international business and important foreign areas of law. Furthermore, the focus is on European and international business law (especially EU business law, competition law, WTO law, corporate law, tax law, commercial criminal law, civil procedure law, contract law, arbitration).

The following specializations are possible:

  • International Banking, Finance and Insurance Law
  • International Sports Law

Part-time LL.M. Programs

  • International Economic and Business Law
  • International Banking, Finance, and Insurance Law
  • International Business Transactions and Technology Transfer
  • Asian Business Law
  • Mergers & Acquisitions and Corporate Law
  • International Sports Law
Starting date Enrolment every semester possible
Duration of the course 2 years work-based
Lectures work-based program (classes take part Friday in the afternoons and Saturday in the mornings)
  • EU excursion, US excursion, and China excursion (not included in the fee)
Language of instruction English and German

Full-time LL.M. Programs

  • International Banking, Finance, and Insurance Law
  • Asian Business Law
  • International Sports Law
Starting date Fall Semester
Duration of the course 1 year
Lectures Full-time program. Classes take part Monday to Saturday
  • EU excursion (included in the fee)
  • US excursion, and China excursion (not included in the fee)
Language of instruction English 

Application and Eligibility

The following requirements must be met for admission to the program of study:

  •  Degree in Law at a Master’s level (exceptions will be considered on a case-by-case basis)
  • Professional experience
  • Good verbal and written knowledge of the teaching language (English)


Approximately CHF 32,800

Included in tuition costs are the costs for course materials, examination fees as well as all intensive weekends, and certain additional events. Not included are costs for excursions, additional literature, and living costs.

The Location

Switzerland has a great deal to offer: cultural diversity, multilingualism, stunning scenery, and, of course, its people. There are now approximately 8.1 million people living in Switzerland, speaking four official languages: German, French, Italian, and Romansh. Despite the fact that Switzerland lacks natural resources and that the Swiss economy is highly dependent on exports, its economic situation has been very stable over the years; its GDP per inhabitant is higher than in most industrialized countries. The Swiss population, on the whole, enjoys a high level of living and Switzerland deserves its reputation of high-quality standards and services in all sectors (health, industry, public transport, education, etc.).

Student Life

Studying in Zurich means living in Switzerland's vibrant and exciting cultural capital, which is far more than a business and finance center. Known as the "little big city", Zurich offers all the benefits of city life and at the same time an attractive recreation area with its stunningly beautiful lake and nearby mountains.

Last updated Nov 2020

About the School

With its 28,000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest university. Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic pol ... Read More

With its 28,000 enrolled students, the University of Zurich (UZH) is Switzerland's largest university. Founded in the year 1833, UZH was Europe's first university to be established by a democratic political system; today, UZH is one of the foremost universities in the German-speaking world. Read less