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Universität Freiburg

The Faculty of Law of the Université de Fribourg/Universität Freiburg is located in the young and vibrant city of #Fribourg (Switzerland), where students make up one fourth of the population. Campus life provides students with a chance to meet people who share their interests and to build networks of friends and contacts that will accompany them throughout their social and professional lives. The University campus is located in the centre of the city, where numerous housing opportunities are available. Fribourg is notable for its lively cultural scene, with varied concert programmes and international festivals for all tastes. Bars and cafes scattered throughout the old mediaeval town provide a stimulating atmosphere for students to meet and gather. For those who enjoy outdoor activities, the Fribourg Alps, and the lakes of Murten and Neuchâtel are only a stone’s throw away.

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German, French and English: Fribourg is the only Swiss university to offer an entire legal curriculum in both German and French and, at the Master’s level, numerous courses in English as well. In the lecture halls, the classrooms, and at the pub in the evenings – Fribourg is a vibrant multilingual university town, on and off campus.

The learning atmosphere is enhanced by the spacious lecture halls and classrooms. With an average of 45 students per professor, the staff : student ratio is very hight by national standards. This enables teachers at Fribourg to take into account the individual needs of students – both in class and in the assignment and correction of papers. Field trips in connection with courses and seminars provide students with valuable opportunities to spend time with professors and visiting lecturers.

The Bachelor of Law (full time or part time studies) offers a broad foundation in Swiss Law together with a training in legal writing, argumentation and public speaking.  The Master of Law with a maximum of flexibility, allows students to design their own individual programmes in keeping with their career priorities. The stimulating academic environment is ideal for Doctoral Studies. For lawyers with foreign qualifications and non-lawyers, the Master of Arts in Legal Studies provides a solid grounding in Swiss law. The Institute for International Business law offers several LLM and CAS programmes in Arbitration, Compliance, International Business Law and Commodity Trading.

The Faculty’s six institutes for advanced research have helped to secure Fribourg Law’s place at the forefront of Swiss and international legal studies. Established and overseen by the Faculty’s own professors, the Institutes make an important contribution to both fundamental and advanced legal research. In addition to their own research and course offerings, the Institutes also take part in numerous small and large nationally and internationally funded research projects, prepare advisory reports for political and administrative bodies, furnish the courts with expert opinions for legal proceedings, and publish standard legal textbooks.

Since its founding, the Fribourg Faculty of Law has placed a high value on international exchanges. There is a strong emphasis on active participation in an international academic network. Students, researchers and teachers come from many countries around the world.

The Faculty strongly encourages its students to accomplish and abroad study period and offers a wide range of possibilities, from an exchange stay to a double degree. The Faculty is member of several international networks and is particularly honoured and proud to be member of the Law Schools Global League.

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