Master of Law in Judicial Careers

Student testimonial (in French)


General content

The Master of Law in Judicial Careers offers students who are interested in becoming a judge the opportunity to increase their chances of doing so, and also enables future lawyers to acquire the basics they need for judicial practice.

The aim of the course is to deepen and strengthen the legal knowledge acquired during a university degree, with an emphasis on understanding the whole of the judicial and procedural institution in the criminal, civil and administrative areas, and the process of reaching a judgment handed down by a court or other authority.

It thus offers:

  • the acquisition of cross-cutting, interdisciplinary skills specific to the Faculty’s three Schools (the School of Law, the School of Criminal Justice and the Graduate Institute of Public Administration) linked to judicial practice, managing a court, communication, interpreting evidence and the rights of victims and injured parties ;
  • the development of legal practice through workshops led by judges and teachers relating to family law, personal law, divorce, the work of Justices of the Peace, administrative practice and criminal practice.


Practical information

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

Degree awarded
Master of Law (MLaw) in Judicial Careers

ECTS credits

4 semesters

Teaching language
French. Recommended level : C1.
Some courses are taught in English.

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

Enrolment and final dates
It is possible to start the programme of the Master of Arts degree in either the Autumn or the Spring semesters.
Applications to be submitted before 30 April (autumn semester) or 30 November (spring semester) to the Admissions Office:

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

Career prospects

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 such as:

  • Private sector : independent barrister, in-house lawyer with a bank, insurance company, sporting federation, corporate legal department, legal protection services, etc.
  • Public sector : judge, prosecutor, registrar, independent barrister/in-house lawyer with a federal, cantonal or municipal administrative authority (for example, in the areas of justice, police, finance, territorial development, welfare insurance, etc.)
  • International organisations/NGOs : lawyer, for example in the fields of humanitarian law, human rights, intellectual property law, telecommunications law, etc.
  •  Other: politics, teaching, journalism, etc.

Subject to changes.
The French version prevails. Only the official texts should be considered binding.
Last update: 30 January 2023

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Secrétariat du Master en Droit en professions judiciaires

Centre de droit pénal
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CH–1015 Lausanne

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