UNIL introduces a new postgraduate program in law (LL.M. in International Business Law) with an interdisciplinary, comparative and practice-oriented approach to business law, enabling young lawyers to face the legal challenges in today’s global business environment.
The program offers the highest quality of teaching in small group settings delivered by an international team of distinguished academics and practitioners. It proposes 5 specializations (International Business Law and Innovation, International Business Law and Sports, International Business Disputes, International Business Transactions, and International Business Regulation) or a bespoke pick-and-choose program in International Business Law which enables students to select courses according to their personal interests and needs. A variety of courses offered abroad complement the programme.
The curriculum is taught on the basis of 60 ECTS credits.
Most courses are blocked over either 2-3 days or a week. A small number of optional courses is offered on a weekly basis.
The program is therefore equally suited for graduate students and young professionals wishing to specialize in international business law.
The language of instruction is English.
Start date: September 2019
Price: 18’000 CHF, partial scholarships are available
Coursework may be spread over 3-4 months with most courses taught in two to three-day blocks (3 credits); four to six-day blocks (6 credits); or, over one semester (13-14 weeks). Tests and exams are administered immediately after each course and students may write the LL.M. thesis in their home country under the remote supervision of one of our instructors – all professors and renowned legal professionals.
If a student wishes to register for individual courses in our Programme without obtaining the LL.M. degree, the student may obtain credit for these courses, which will be recognized and can be used at a later date toward the LL.M. degree.
Competencies and Perspectives
The UNIL LL.M. program prepares lawyers from around the world for the legal challenges in a globalized economy. Through the acquisition of knowledge and competence and the contact with international legal practice, the graduates of this program will be prepared to become highly-skilled experts and decision-makers in an international environment – in international law firms, courts, multi-national enterprises, international organizations, and academia.
Ideally placed at the shores of Lake Geneva and close to the center of Lausanne, UNIL unites a dynamic community of nearly 15’000 students and 5’000 staff members with around 120 different nationalities, including the 2017 Nobel Prize laureate in Chemistry. UNIL shares a campus with other institutions of worldwide reputation, the Institut Suisse de Droit Comparé (ISDC) and the Ecole Polytechnique fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL). It also hosts the Cantonal and University Library (BCUL), providing an ideal environment for focused learning and research.
The lake and mountains offer unique sporting activities and students enjoy a vibrant cultural scene at UNIL’s very own Grange de Dorigny. Lausanne is the home of sports federations and institutions as well as the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and in close proximity to Geneva with its international organizations and arbitration center.