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University of BernBern, Switzerland

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


English (Students may also take law classes in German if they are fluent in the language.)


The University of Bern Law School 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. Students who have a strong knowledge of German are 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. Cornell Law students may attend this program during the Fall Semester only.

2020 Fall Semester for exchange students:  September 14 – December 18, 2020; required orientation:  September 7-11, 2020.


Courses taught in English during the 2020 Fall Semester 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
  • International Investment Law

Additional courses and seminars will be added to this list.  Please consult with your academic advisor at Bern when planning your course schedule. 


Interested students should consult the University of Bern’s Law School website for more details.