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Preferred Legal careers' language

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I'm studying law and my English is about c1, Looking for opportunities in Switzerland.

I find that there is some (?) differences between German and Swiss German and the latter is used in writing and speaking. I don't know learning German would be enough or not. (+ learning Swiss German later)

Also should I learn German or ignore it and pursue French because contrary to German, there are little differences between Swiss French and real French.

In addition, A master of law student said me that French is better for legal careers because many companies set it as a default language specially international ones, and it confused me more. The problem is that I prefer German rather than French because German is more expansive rather than French (in my opinion).

So what's your idea? which choice works better?

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Old 04.06.2020, 09:14
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Re: Preferred Legal careers' language

Depends on where you plan to live/work. Some cantons it'll be German since it's the official language, others will be French, a couple might be Italian and Fribourg you'd probably need both since it's a bi-lingual canton.

Depending on where you're studying law you may need to have your qualifications recognised.

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Depends on where you plan to live/work. Some cantons it'll be German since it's the official language, others will be French, a couple might be Italian and Fribourg you'd probably need both since it's a bi-lingual canton.

Depending on where you're studying law you may need to have your qualifications recognised.

https://www.sbfi.admin.ch/sbfi/en/ho...ofessions.html
Thanks so much.
could you say me about German language?
some say that standard German is enough but I read that SSG is formal for writing and speaking. I thought I can learn SSG after learning SG for a short time but I saw some videos in the internet that show huge differences between these two language. Is the Standard German (of Germany) really works and is acceptable in the formal careers in Switzerland?
Many of advertising request "Stylish Germany", is it the same SSG?
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Re: Preferred Legal careers' language

what on earth is "stylish Germany"?

I'm surprised a C1 is enough to study law.
But however, where ever "online" (your profile) you study who's ever law - it will not be accepted here. You will have to redo your exams in Switzerland.
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what on earth is "stylish Germany"?
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what on earth is "stylish Germany"?

I'm surprised a C1 is enough to study law.
But however, where ever "online" (your profile) you study who's ever law - it will not be accepted here. You will have to redo your exams in Switzerland.
Probably „Stilsicheres Deutsch“. I‘d guess my German is around C1 level, hence I can communicate just fine, but I would say the idiom is missing to qualify as stilsicher and to write in a way that is engaging to the reader.
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Re: Preferred Legal careers' language

Everything legal will be in High German. There is no official written form of Swiss German anyway, so writing is always in High German unless sending a text message to friends etc. However you may find that your clients would expect to be able to speak to you in Swiss German.
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I’d also like to know what ‘real French’ is...
I think they meant French from France.

I like real vaudois.
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what on earth is "stylish Germany"?

I'm surprised a C1 is enough to study law.
But however, where ever "online" (your profile) you study who's ever law - it will not be accepted here. You will have to redo your exams in Switzerland.
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Probably „Stilsicheres Deutsch“. I‘d guess my German is around C1 level, hence I can communicate just fine, but I would say the idiom is missing to qualify as stilsicher and to write in a way that is engaging to the reader.
Excuse me, my mean was :
stilsicheren Deutschkenntnissen

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Everything legal will be in High German. There is no official written form of Swiss German anyway, so writing is always in High German unless sending a text message to friends etc. However you may find that your clients would expect to be able to speak to you in Swiss German.
Thank you for your information.
How about the colleagues and managers?

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Oktoberfest.

(this year cancelled)

I was more thinking about The Hoff.
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