Master of Law in Judicial Careers

This programme is currently undergoing changes. For up-to-date information, please refer to the Law School.

General content

The Master of Law in Criminal Justice, subject area Magistrature, aims to improve and supplement legal knowledge acquired by students at Bachelor level, with particular emphasis on different questions relating to preliminary criminal investigations, hearings before the court, the execution of sanctions, and different procedures (criminal, civil and administrative). It also gives students an overall perspective of the phenomenon of crime by providing insight into criminology and juvenile delinquency. As Switzerland has no specific school for the Magistrature, the objective of the Master of Law in Criminal Justice with subject area Magistrature is to give those students who are interested in the professions forming part of the Criminal Justice Magistrature an opportunity to increase their chances of admission to these professions. It also has the objective of teaching future lawyers the basics of judicial practice.

Practical information

Faculty of Law, Criminal Justice and Public Administration
School of Law

Degree awarded
Master of Law (MLaw) in Criminal Justice, subject area Magistrature

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French. Recommended level : C1.

Applications must be submitted to the Admissions Department before the deadline.

Final enrolment dates
It is possible to start the programme in either the autumn or the spring semesters. (autumn semester : 30 April, spring semester : 30 November).

Candidates needing a visa to study in Switzerland must apply for enrolment at least two months prior to the deadlines indicated above.

More information
Timetables and course descriptions
Study plan and regulations

Career prospects

Since in Switzerland judges are either appointed or elected, the Master of Law in Criminal Justice, subject area Magistrature, cannot guarantee a post within the Magistrature. Nevertheless, it increases the chances of gaining access to such professions as:

  • Member of the Public Prosecutor’s Office
  • Parole board
  • Juvenile magistrate
  • Presiding judge

It is also highly useful for any person wishing to practise at the bar. Lastly, it allows students who so wish to start work subsequently on a doctoral law thesis.

Moreover, university studies develop, in addition to specific academic skills, a great many transverse skills such as: communication, critical, analytical and summarising faculties, abilities in research, the learning and transmission of knowledge, independence and the ability to make judgements in the field of specialisation and overlapping areas. This panoply of skills, combined with specialist knowledge acquired in the course of studies, is excellent preparation for a wide range of employment opportunities.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts are authentic.
Last update: 30 January 2018

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