As a prospective MIL student you may have some questions about the MIL programme. Below are some answers. Please do not hesitate to contact us directly.

The requirements for admission to the bar are set by each bar individually, i.e. in Switzerland the bar in each canton. Generally, MIL graduates are not eligible to pass the bar exam. The Canton of St. Gallen requires an MLaw or an MLE degree to be eligible for the bar exam.

We require a bachelor degree in law or an adjacent discipline. In the latter case, the bachelor studies need to have included at least 30 ECTS of studies in law for admission to the MIL. The MIL does not impose supplementary studies, i.e. course work on the bachelor level, but we do require some MIL students to enroll in our two introductory MIL courses that we have tailored to meet the needs of laterally incoming students: “Introduction to Legal Method and Thinking” and “Introduction to International and European Law”. The bulk of both courses takes place early in each fall term. The credits earned for both courses count fully toward the MIL degree. 


There are a number of important general requirements for students to meet in order to study at the University of St. Gallen. The admission process for the MIL, including for admission of students who obtained a bachelor degree from another university than St. Gallen (incoming students), is managed by the central administration.

You can begin your studies in the MIL programme in either fall or spring term. Most students begin in fall term. Two of three compulsory courses and the two introductory courses (see Question 2) take place in fall term. If you decide to begin your studies in the spring term, please do get in contact with the program direction.

If you studied the information on these pages carefully and need further information, please do not hesitate to contact the program direction. We are also happy to put you in contact with MIL students currently enrolled in the programme.

After you have decided to enroll in the MIL, consider carefully our double degree programme with the Fletcher School. The intake begins early in fall term and some students remain unaware of it, despite the information we provide.