Be a TRAIL-blazer!
Are you a law graduate looking to take the next step in your career or in academia? If so, you are on the right path. The TRAIL+ program at the WTI targets students and professionals with a legal background who are interested in specializing in international economic law with the cross-disciplinary study of the global economy and trade and investment agreements. This program is offered at the World Trade Institute (WTI) in cooperation with the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern. The program includes more law courses and fewer courses on economics and political science than the MILE program. Upon the successful conclusion of the TRAIL+ program, the student is awarded an LL.M. in International Trade and Investment Law, as well as a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in International Law and Economics.
Why the TRAIL
The TRAIL+ is an advanced master’s program in Trade and Investment Law combined with courses in international law and economics. This program is offered at the World Trade Institute in cooperation with the Faculty of Law of the University of Bern. The program includes more law courses and fewer courses on economics and political science than the MILE program. Upon the successful conclusion of the TRAIL+ program, the student is awarded an LL.M. in International Trade and Investment Law, as well as a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in International Law and Economics.
What we offer
A one-year, intensive graduate program (can also be taken part-time)
Teaching and guidance from leading scholars and practitioners
The latest research developments in international trade and investment regulation, and economics
The opportunity to join a vibrant WTI alumni network with over 500 members worldwide
Strong networks and mentoring programs to help students secure internships and entry-level positions
What you bring
You are a student or a professional with a law degree and wish to further your legal career as a lawyer, or wish to pursue a Ph.D. in international economic law.
The TRAIL+ program is a non-consecutive LL.M. in Trade and Investment Law program combined with a Diploma of Advanced Studies (DAS) in International Law and Economics program. Successful completion of the TRAIL+ program includes both the LL.M. and DAS components. Students who successfully fulfill the requirements of the TRAIL+ program are awarded the following degrees:
Legum Magister / Legum Magistra
Diploma Of Advanced Studies In International Law And Economics
ECTS: the TRAIL+ program counts for 90 ECTS (European Credit Transfer System Points).
Language of instruction: English
Studies begin: January or September
Length of studies: The TRAIL+ program is designed for full-time completion in 12 to 15 months. The program can also be taken on a part-time basis within three years.
Additional Information: In addition to the courses offered during the autumn and spring semesters, TRAIL+ program students are able to take advantage of WTI Summer Academy courses, as well as a limited set of courses from the WTI’s flagship MILE program.
We are accepting applications on a rolling basis for the TRAIL+ program starting in September 2021. The application deadline for students, who do not move to Bern and start the program remotely, is 15 August 2021.
To be considered for admission to the TRAIL+ program at the World Trade Institute, you are required to have completed a degree in law (licentiate or master's degree) or have a degree that is deemed equivalent, i.e. a degree in law which entitles you to sit for the bar exam or equivalent in your country of origin.
To apply for the TRAIL+ and for a detailed list of requirements, please click on the TRAIL+ application form (Word document on right).
Please send your complete application by email (subject line: Admission to the TRAIL+), or by mail to the World Trade Institute, University of Bern, Hallerstrasse 6, 3012 Bern, Switzerland.
English language requirements
The TRAIL+ is taught exclusively in English. Therefore, you must arrive at the WTI and the University of Bern with a level of English that allows you to fully benefit from the courses. In particular, your level of English needs to allow you to express yourself effectively in and outside the classroom, deliver on weekly writing assignments, and adequately cover a weekly reading load of up to 200 pages.
When evaluating your application, the selection committee pays close attention to evidence of your proficiency in English. As is common for graduate programs, you are required to submit objective test scores of one of the accepted tests listed below:
100 points or above
600 points or above
7.0 or above
C or higher
The following applicants are exempt from submitting test scores:
Native English speakers
Students with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from an institution in the USA, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia, or New Zealand, where English was the primary language of instruction and the degree was awarded no longer than five years ago.
You may apply for exemption from submitting test scores if you are:
A student with an undergraduate and/or graduate degree from an institution where English was the primary language of instruction and the degree was awarded no longer than five years ago
A student who has completed at least one year of study in an English-speaking country and at an institution where English was the primary language of the instruction immediately prior to joining the TRAIL+ program.
Please contact us if you are unsure of your exemption status. We will be glad to help. However, please be advised that exemptions from the language requirement are rarely granted. Important: Independent of your exemption status, you are required to fill in the section on the English language in the TRAIL+ application form and submit a two-page essay in English as part of your application.
Full tuition waiver
A full tuition waiver will be awarded to one person for outstanding performance during the Grand Final of the Final Oral Round of the John H. Jackson Moot Court Competition (formerly ELSA Moot Court).
Global Impact Association (GIA) Scholarships
The newly launched Global Impact Association (GIA) offers scholarships to talented students from least-developed and developing countries, who wish to pursue advanced master studies in international economic law and policy.
The Global Impact Association (GIA) provides financial and/or other support to WTI master's students who wish to do an internship upon completion of their studies.
John H. Jackson Scholarship
The John H. Jackson Scholarship was set up to honor the legacy of John Jackson, the most influential academic of his era in the field of international trade law and policy. Prof. Jackson was a long-term friend and supporter of the WTI. Established in close consultation with his family, the Scholarship offers financial support to one WTI master's student each year to pursue an unpaid internship at an NGO or public institution. During his or her internship, the student will be expected to work on a multidisciplinary project relating to trade and/or investment law and policy.
Luzius Wasescha Scholarship
Named after the late Luzius Wasescha, the former Swiss ambassador to the WTO and long-term Chair of the WTI Board, the Luzius Wasescha Scholarship allows one WTI master's student per year to pursue an unpaid internship at an international organization, Geneva-based diplomatic mission, non-governmental organization or law firm active in the field of international economic law and policy.
Thomas Cottier Scholarship
The Thomas Cottier Scholarship was set up to honor Thomas Cottier, the founder, and first Managing Director and Director of Studies of the World Trade Institute (WTI). This Scholarship allows one WTI master’s student per year to pursue an unpaid internship at an international organization, diplomatic mission, non-governmental organization, or law firm active in the field of international economic law and policy.
Geneva Internship Scholarship
Funded by Pierre Sauvé, Senior Trade Specialist at the World Bank Group in Geneva, and WTI faculty member, the Geneva Internship Fund offers financial assistance to one deserving WTI master's student per year to pursue an unpaid internship at a Geneva-based international organization, diplomatic mission or non-governmental organization active in the field of international economic law and policy. Eligibility for financial support is contingent on a candidate’s selection to an unpaid internship in Geneva subsequent to completing WTI course work, financial need, overall academic performance at the WTI, quality of participation in WTI courses taught by the sponsor, and propensity to laugh heartily at all his jokes. Students interested in being considered for financial assistance should send a short motivational message to Pierre Sauvé by June 15th. Funding decisions will be announced annually at the Closing Ceremony of the MILE and TRAIL+ programs.
Visit the Global Impact Association (GIA) website for more details.
Internship opportunities at international law firms and organizations
Other internship opportunities to well-qualified WTI graduate students include:
Appleton Luff, Brussels
Fratini Vergano, Brussels
VVGB, Brussels, Brussels
WTI Advisors, Geneva
Universal Postal Union, Bern