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University of Bern

Bern, Switzerland

Cornell Law School may send up to two students in the fall semester to University of Bern. . 




The University of Bern Law Faculty is located in the capital of Switzerland, with approximately 1,700 full-time law students working towards their Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in law, as well as other students pursuing post-graduate programs in law, including the LL.M. and Ph.D. The University is located in the center of Bern, very nearby the main train station, with a view over the Alps, and has a large library and modern facilities in a combination of historical and modern buildings. Bern is recognized as a very livable city, with a UNESCO World Heritage protected old town dating back to the 13th century, Alpine skiing and hiking opportunities approximately one hour away by train in the Bernese Alps, and easy travel connections to cities throughout Europe.

The law school offers many courses in English and has put together a package of courses taught in English each fall, allowing Cornell Law students to delve into several interesting topics. If a student has a strong knowledge of German, he/she is also welcome to enroll in or to audit law courses taught in German. Most of our faculty members and most of our students have a command of the English language, which makes socializing and networking easier.

Academic Calendar

The academic calendar is divided into 2 semesters. Students may attend this program during the Fall semester only.

Fall semester: August - January


Courses for Fall 2019 include:

  • International Intellectual Property Law
  • Intellectual Property Advocacy (Research, Writing, and Advocacy Course)
  • Introduction to Swiss and International Taxation
  • International Trade Regulation
  • European Data Protection Law
  • Comparative Swiss and U.S. Civil Procedure
  • International Investment Law


Interested students should consult the University of Bern website for more details.