Master in International Law (MIL)
The ILS was founded by students from the MIL. The Master in International Law (MIL) is a young and innovative programme at the University of St.Gallen. Therefore, it is our goal to further promote it and inform you about this new programme.
Why study the MIL?
The Master's Programme in International Law (MIL) is a highly innovative degree course combining international law with essential aspects of business and government and a strong practical emphasis.
The MIL Programme
… attracts candidates from different academic backgrounds, admitting students who have earned their first degrees in law, law and economics, international affairs, management, economics and other fields with a basic legal education.
… offers a highly innovative curriculum that blends a specialised legal education in international law with essential aspects of business and politics and a strong practical emphasis.
… opens the door to a wide array of attractive positions, preparing graduates for professional careers in multinational corporations, government, diplomacy, international organisations, compliance and regulatory affairs, business consulting, law firms, NGOs as well as other public and private institutions.
… benefits from a large number of distinguished scholars in the Law School as well as the University's other Schools, counting among its faculty several internationally renowned visiting professors and high-profile legal practitioners with expertise in areas such as negotiation and international dispute settlement.
… fosters international exposure, encouraging students to take advantage of the University's vast network of exchange programmes with 150 universities worldwide.
… gives students the opportunity to combine the MIL with the one-year CEMS-Master in International Management (MIM), the internationally renowned master's degree in business administration offered by the Community of European Management Schools.
MIL graduates can work in a wide range of positions in multinational corporations, government, diplomacy, international organisations, compliance and regulatory affairs, business consulting, law firm and NGOs. Have a look at the ILS’ job database from recent MIL graduates here.
A decisive advantage of the MIL programme is its wide choice of courses. There are three mandatory courses to ensure that students acquire a general understanding of the normative and analytical framework of international law. At the same time, there are numerous electives that enable you to specialise in selected topics in law, management studies or political science.
The Master thesis (18 ECTS) concentrates on a research question in a specialized subject area of your own choice in the field of international law. During your studies you can also participate in international moot courts and have the possibility to get practice credits for internships (up to 6 ECTS).
To obtain the MIL you need 90 ECTS, as well as knowledge of two foreign languages (one intermediate, one strong) and you must have passed the accounting exam.
The detailed MIL curriculum can be accessed here.
An overview of the important MIL courses and moot courts can be accessed here.
MIL double-degree opportunities
In order to qualify for the Swiss Bar Exam the completion of the MLaw is required. Therefore students have the possibility to do a double master at the University of St.Gallen. Once one has completed the MIL, the University allows 30 ECTS of the MIL to be credited towards the MLaw, meaning that one only has to complete 60 ECTS (including a second master thesis) to graduate with a MLaw degree. Both the MIL and the MLaw (150 ECTS in total) can be completed in 5 semesters when one plans his studies well. Students without a Bachelor in Law (BLaw) need to complete further requirements, but have the possibility to obtain the BLaw. Please contact the Admissions and Crediting Office for further information.
CEMS-Master in International Management (MIM)
Students can also combine the MIL with the CEMS-Master in International Management (MIM). It only takes one year to obtain this internationally renowned master's degree in business administration. Further information.
Double-Degree (LLM) with Fletcher and Santa Clara Law Schools
As of 2017, MIL students can participate in a double-degree programme with Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy as well as Santa Clara University School of Law. More information will follow soon. Further information.
Like every other master programme at the HSG, also the MIL has a student representative whose task it is to forward student’s concerns and ideas to the programme administration, faculty and represent the MIL in the student parliament.
The ILS does not guarantee for correctness and completeness of the provided information. For up-to-date information please refer to the official MIL website. Latest update: September 2018