Application Requirements

Law students and law practitioners can apply to the Lucerne Academy.

Applicants must generally satisfy the following requirements:

  • You must either be a practitioner or what one would consider an “advanced” law student. For students enrolled in a Bologna model school, this means that you must either currently be enrolled in a Masters Level program (MLaw or comparable) or be eligible for such an enrollment by the Fall semester 2021. For United States students, this means that you will have completed at least one year of studies in a full-time J.D. program by the beginning of the program (or the equivalent in a part-time program).
  • International human rights law experience is required (academic or in the field). Waiver is possible.
  • Good command of English. The Lucerne Academy is conducted in English in its entirety and students are required to actively participate, both orally and in writing, in the coursework and the moot court exercise. 

For questions concerning admission, please contact  

Tuition Fees

The Lucerne Academy fee includes:

  • Welcome Reception
  • Introduction class (mandatory)
  • Choose 3 classes out of 5 available subjects
  • Excursion to Geneva (travel expenses, all tour, entrance fees)
  • Excursion to Strasbourg (travel expenses, all tour, entrance fees)  
  • 8 lunch seminars
  • Lunch during lunch seminars
  • Moot Court exercise (Moot Court Coaching, Moot Court training sessions)
  • Lavish Closing Ceremony Dinner  

Tuition fee: CHF 1800.-

For all students the fee for accommodation is 400 CHF .

We do offer a small number of merit based scholarships for students from developing countries or students who can show financial hardship. If you are interested, please inquire by e-mail at 


For participants who need housing in Lucerne to attend the program, we will offer moderately priced accommodation (generally the same as what is offered to incoming students for exchange semesters) for the duration of the program. The accomodation provided will be a 10 minute ride to school by public transport and will come this year exceptionally at a cost of CHF 800.

Housing will only be provided starting the day before the program begins until the day after its conclusion. 

Although it is ultimately the responsibility of the students to find housing, we will provide a limited number of rooms, which will be allocated at a first come, first served basis.

If you wish to apply, please fill in the housing application form and send it to

If you have questions regarding the accommodation, please contact us