LLM in International Business Law

The Fribourg Law Faculty offers advanced studies in international business law, providing you with the essential knowledge and skills you need for a career in all areas of international business law.

Professors of international renown, recognized leaders authorities in their fields, will help you gain the knowledge and skills you need to become a highly valued asset in the eyes of both current and prospective future employers.

The curriculum of the Fribourg Law LLM Program in International Business Law was developed in close consultation with the legal departments of major Swiss companies and multinational corporations, together with leading international law firms.

Courses are designed to prepare students to demonstrate the practical knowledge and hands-on skills that companies and law firms truly seek when hiring new talent.

With a focus on core lawyering skills, your studies at Fribourg Law will furnish you with the tools you need for a seamless transition from the classroom to law practice.

Partnerships between the Fribourg Law Faculty and a wide range of Swiss and multinational companies open numerous opportunities for legal internships, where you can gain valuable practical experience by putting your learning to work.

  • Who is eligible for the Fribourg Law LLM Program?

    The LLM program in International Business Law was designed to meet the demands of  experienced lawyers and recent law graduates of proven ability.

    The program is also open to university graduates with degrees in disciplines other than law whose professional experience has prepared them for the study of international business law.

  • What will you learn?

    The core curriculum of the Fribourg Law LLM in International Business Law offers students numerous options for putting together individualized study modules suited to their own specific needs and interests. Modules can include any combination of curriculum units chosen from a wide variety of offerings:

    • courses  presenting a detailed overview of key areas of business law, from contract law in an international context, to private international law, anti-trust law, tax law, EU institutional law, EU internal market law, WTO law and intellectual property law;
    • specialized courses on law and business in the world's fastest growing economies – in  Asia, Africa, the Middle East, and Latin America;
    • cross-disciplinary courses in economics and business anthropology;
    • participation in legal clinics and moot courts;
    • business negotiation training, legal drafting, and other skills-oriented courses and seminars.

    Successful completion of each unit allows students to earn the number of ECTS credits corresponding to the investment of time and effort demanded. Units may require between 6 and 16 hours of classroom time, spread over intervals ranging from one day to a maximum of two weeks. For a listing of the curriculum units and the ECTS credits to be earned for each unit, please consult the program structure using the link at the bottom of this page.

    Enhance the value of your LLM by choosing supplementary coursesunits!

  • Your Career Options

    The Fribourg Law LLM in International Business Law will prepare you for a wide range of career opportunities in companies and law firms with international operations, in international organizations, and in non-governmental organizations around the world.

  • Curriculum Structure and Requirements

    The LLM Program in International Business Law is designed to be completed in two semesters:

    • the fall semester runs from mid-September to mid-December
    • the spring semester runs from mid-February to mid-June

    Students are admitted at the beginning of each semester.

    All courses are held in English.

    On average, you will have four hours of classes per day.

    To receive their degree, students must complete a sufficient number of curriculum units to earn a minimum of 60 ECTS credits, including:

    • 50 ECTS credits for coursework
    • 10 ECTS for preparation of a master’s thesis or internship.
  • Tuition Fees

    Tuition fees for the core curriculum of the LLM in International Business Law amount to CHF 18,500.00, and are payable in installments, as follows:

    • Fall Semester Intakes

      Registration fee: CHF 1’500.-
      Due date: two weeks from date of admission letter

      1st installment: CHF 4’250.-
      Due date: September 1

      2nd installment: CHF 4’250.-
      Due date: December 1

      3rd installment: CHF 4’250.-
      Due Date: March 1

      4th installment: CHF 4’250.-
      Due date: June 1

    • Spring Semester Intakes

      Registration fee: CHF 1’500.-
      Due date: two weeks from date of admission letter

      1stinstallment: CHF 4’250.-
      Due date: February 1

      2nd installment: CHF 4’250.-
      Due date: May 1

      3rd installment: CHF 4’250.-
      Due date: August 1

      4th installment: CHF 4’250.-
      Due date: November 1

    The fee for supplementary units is CHF 500.- per ECTS credit. Payment is due upon commencement of the unit.

    *1 CHF is approximately equivalent to EUR 0.92, USD 0.98 or GBP 0.61.  

    Application and Registration fees

    The fee for the treatment of the application file is CHF 150.-. The application fee is not refundable.

    The registration fee must be paid in full including by scholarship students and is non-refundable.

    The application and registration fees are deducted from the total tuition.

  • Early Registration

    Cumulative discounts of up to 15% on tuition fees may be obtained for early registration and early tuition fee payments:

    • Fall Semester Intakes
      Early Registration Discount
      • 10% if Registration fee paid before March 31
      • 5%  if Registration fee paid before May 31
      Early Payment Discount
      • 5% if Tuition fee in one installment by July 31
    • Spring Semester Intakes
      Early Registration Discount
      • 10% if Registration fee paid before September 30
      • 5%  if Registration fee paid before November 30
      Early Payment Discount
      • 5% if Tuition fee in one installment by January 31
  • Scholarships

    Excellence Scholarship Program

    The Fribourg Law Excellence Scholarship Program allows us to provide 10 scholarships, each worth CHF 10 000, and 20 scholarships, each worth CHF 7500, for outstanding candidates.

    Scholarships are available to all LLM candidates. The award of a scholarship and the amount thereof will be based on demonstrated academic excellence evidenced notably by:

    • results obtained by the candidate in his/hers bachelor's and masters’ degree;
    • motivation proven by the candidate through a letter of intent.

    To apply for an Excellence Scholarship, please send us your CV, letter of intent, transcript of grades and list of publications or contributions (if any) by e-mail to fribourgllm@unifr.ch.
    Regional Scholarship Program

    The Fribourg Law Regional Scholarship Program provides financial support for candidates whose economic situation makes it extremely difficult to complete an LLM in Fribourg. 

    Candidates will be considered based on their Scholarship Motivation Letter where applicants are invited to describe their economic situation and how the Fribourg Law LLM will influence their professional and personal objectives.

    To apply for a regional scholarship, please click here.



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    Yaroslav Gabriel Valdivia Bondarenko (Bolivia)

    "The Master is a complete experience for lawyers looking for deeper knowledge in European law, International contract law, WTO law and the role of social subjects in international trade, which is complemented with a cross-cultural knowledge in the way that the bussines is done in Asia, Africa and Latin America, also, the experience of interaction with people from other continents and the strategic visits to international institutions and companies."

    Yao Qinqin (China)

    « I am really grateful to this internship provided by the Fribourg Law LLM Program, as it is not only a great way to get a practical use of the legal knowledge acquired from classes, but also a good opportunity to meet many interesting people and to experience the real business environment. As is named by the LLM program, this is really a “Cross-Cultural Business Practice”! »