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Master's Degree Programme in

Law and Information Society

Faculty of Law, University of Turku

Become an expert in the law of the information society and understand the legal challenges of digitalisation!

The Master’s Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS) provides essential insights, capabilities and intellectual tools for analysing legal problems of the information society.

The Programme offers its students a unique combination of private and public law and interdisciplinary perspectives. Skills in legal analysis, critical thinking, research and writing is what distinguishes excellent lawyers and legal scholars.

Our interactive study methods are based on the latest pedagogical research and courses are taught in small groups of selected international students. The Programme creates a solid basis for doctoral training in law. It also provides you with the expertise necessary for a successful career at law firms and corporations, governments and international organisations, as well as at universities and research institutions.

PROGRAMME IN BRIEF

Programme structure
Academic excellence & experience

Digital Futures is one of the six strategic research themes of University of Turku. The Faculty of Law has several externally funded research projects in the areas of the LIS Programme (funded e.g. by the Academy of Finland). In 2016, the Faculty of Law was ranked in the top 151–200 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.

In the Programme, you will learn from the lecturers of the University of Turku as well as from international experts who are also top researchers in their area of experitse. LIS Programme is a partner in the Pan European Seal Traineeship Programme.

Master's thesis & topics

Writing a Master’s thesis is part of the advanced studies in Law and Information Society (60 ECTS). The work begins during your first year of studies with the orientation seminars. The actual writing of the thesis is done during the second year of studies. The advanced studies consist of:

  • literature 8 ECTS
  • seminars 12 ECTS
  • Master’s thesis 40 ECTS

Examples of thesis topics:

  • Internet Service Providers’ Liability for Third Party Content
  • Digital Exhaustion of Video Games – The Consumer Perspective
  • The Right to be Forgotten – A conceptual analysis of the right to be forgotten, and its practical implications in the context of search engines

STUDENTS’ EXPERIENCES

Students' Experiences

The LIS Programme was founded in 2011. Since then, students from all over the world have graduated from the Programme with a degree in Master of International and Comparative Law. These are their experiences:

  • “The Programme actually exceeds my expectations, I am really happy that I chose it. Courses, teachers, instructors, administrators and the support system have functioned accordingly. The faculty gives respectable position for the Programme and as a student I appreciate it a lot.”
  • “The seminars and discussions were very good tools for stimulating my IPR knowledge expression. The seminar paper writing is a good exercise for creating a basis for further legal academic writing. The different approaches of the different course instructors gave me an idea of how IPR law has been developed internationally.”
  • “One of the best innovative and dynamic courses I have participated in! The course gave me new knowledge on European Constitutionalism and its impact in every aspect. The seminar and discussion made the course more interactive and gave enough space for me to develop analytical way of thinking, knowledge and skills in every aspect of constitutional law.”

CAREER OPTIONS

Competence description

The LIS Programme concentrates on high quality teaching in small group environments and applies advanced pedagogical methods, such as interactive study methods.

In the Programme, you learn:

  • to understand patents, copyright, trademarks, design rights and trade secrets in their economic and societal contexts in the framework of European law and international treaties
  • to comprehend how human rights, such as freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, are guaranteed in the digital society of today
  • to apply recent research to the legal problems of the information society
Job options

The LIS Programme provides various opportunities to acquire the knowledge and competence necessary for working in various demanding positions in the knowledge society.

As a Master of International and Comparative Law, you can work in following positions:

  • a legal counsel in a tech company
  • an expert in an international organization
  • a data protection officer in an insurance agency

The Programme offers internship opportunities in the EUIPO and EPO (for more information and specific requirements, visit: www.utu.fi/en/units/law/studying/masters-degree-program/Pages/traineeships.aspx)

Career in research

The Programme offers a solid basis for doctoral training in the University of Turku or abroad. At the moment, the Faculty of Law has several doctoral candidates who have graduated from the LIS Programme.

Graduates from the Programme can apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School, UTUGS.  The Graduate School consists of 16 Doctoral Programmes which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.

Together with the Doctoral Programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high quality doctoral training.  UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

General degree requirements

The Programme is directed to students with a Bachelor of Laws degree. The applicant must have completed a lower university degree equivalent to a Finnish Bachelor’s degree in a University. Most of the credits in the degree should be from legal studies.

The required degree must be completed by 14 July 2017. If the required degree is not completed by the application deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home university stating the expected date of graduation.

The Programme admits a maximum of 20 students to pursue the Master of International and Comparative Law degree.

Starting from autumn 2017, all new admitted students who complete their degree will be awarded the Master of International and Comparative Law degree. It is not possible to obtain the Master of Laws Degree with any study background.  This means that students who have a Bachelor of Laws degree (ON, RN) from a Finnish university as well as those who have passed an EEA aptitude test for the Bachelor of Laws and have been admitted to the Programme in autumn 2017 or later, cannot obtain the Master of Laws Degree from the Programme.

In addition, a maximum of five students who have already been accepted to the Master of Laws programme at the University of Turku are admitted to the LIS study track as part of their Master of Laws studies. The LIS study track has a separate application process.

All applications are pre‐processed by the University Admissions Finland and evaluated by the LIS selection board. Applications will be checked for plagiarism. The decision on admission is made by the Dean of the Faculty of Law. The maximum of 20 students are accepted to the Programme.

The decision for admission will be based on the level of:

  • previous studies
  • grades
  • language skills
  • personal interests
  • written application examination.

The results of the admission will be published at the latest by 4 May 2017 at www.utu.fi/law/lis.

Applicants will also receive the notice in writing. The admitted students must notify the Faculty of Law as soon as possible, latest by 14 July 2017 at 15.00 Finnish time, whether they will accept the study place or not. If the Faculty of Law hasn’t received the student’s notification by 14 July 2017 at 15.00 Finnish time, they will forfeit their right to enrol in the Degree Programme.

Language Requirements

All applicants must prove their English language skills in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty:

  • a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree conducted in English in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom or the United States
  • a Bachelor’s degree or an equivalent degree conducted in an English language programme in EU/EEA Countries, i.e. the language of instruction of the entire programme has to be English, (free‐form report on proficiency in English, one page and possible appendices)
  • a Finnish Bachelor of Law (ON or RN) degree (free‐form report on proficiency in English, one page and possible appendices)
  • studies of law (min. 20 ECTS, average grade at least 2,5) taken in a study programme conducted in English at the University of Turku (free‐form report on proficiency in English, one page and possible appendices)
  • One of the following languages tests. In the University of Turku the minimum scores to be approved are:
    • TOEFL: 575 points from the paper‐based test ‐ 92 points from the internet‐based test, no subtest score under 20 (i.e. Reading, Listening, Speaking, Writing)
    • IELTS Academic: the minimum overall band score is 6.5 and no individual scores below 6.0 (i.e. Listening, Reading, Writing, Speaking)
    • The Pearson Test of English Academic, PTE Academic: minimum score 62, and no subtest score under 54 (i.e. Communication Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing)
    • The Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE): pass grades A, B or C
    • The Certificate In Advanced English (CAE): pass grades A, B, or C
    • The test for the National Certificate of Language Proficiency in English set by the Finnish National Board of Education: min 5 of each part.

An applicant should enrol to a language test early enough, e.g., 1-2 months before a test day. This is important because the test results are needed at the end of the application period and the tests might be already full for a late application.. Language tests taken more than two years prior to application deadline will not be accepted.

All language test scores must be sent to University Admissions Finland (see the address below). The testing centre must send the test results directly to the University Admissions by the application deadline.

HOW AND WHEN TO APPLY

Application Form and Enclosures

Applications are done on the Studyinfo portal (www.studyinfo.fi). Search for the Master’s Degree Programme in Law and Information Society, University of Turku.

The application period is 1 December 2016 – 13 January 2017 at 15.00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2017.

STEP 1.

Fill in the online application form. The application is filled in and submitted online. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 13 January 2017 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).

When filling in the application form, be prepared to:

  • write a motivation letter stating why you are applying for this programme (max 4,000 characters)
  • provide a written essay based on the application exam question, which is available at: www.utu.fi/law/lis on 1 November 2016
  • describe the grading scale used at your institution at the time of your studies. The grading scale must include all the grades and marks appearing on your transcript of records and their relation to each other. You should also provide a link to an official website where this information can be verified. (In many cases this information is already included in the transcript of records.)
STEP 2.

Collect the required application documents.

STEP 3.

Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:

  • an officially certified copy of the Bachelor’s degree certificate in the original language (OR applicants graduating after the deadline must enclose a statement from the home institution stating the expected date of graduation).
  • an official English, Swedish or Finnish translation of the degree certificate OR an officially certified copy of the Diploma Supplement in English (concerns graduates from universities within the EU).
  • an officially certified copy of the original transcript of study records (in the original language) AND an English, Finnish or Swedish translation (or an English-language Diploma Supplement concerning graduates from European institutions of higher education).
  • certificate of English language skills (see Language requirements).
  • if the required degree is not completed by the application deadline, applicants should enclose a statement from their home university stating the expected date of graduation.

Please see the country specific requirements and the way of certifying the copies and submitting the documents: http://universityadmissions.fi/?page_id=24

Address of the University Admissions Finland:
University Admissions Finland
Unioninkatu 40 C
FI-00170 Helsinki

Masters Degree Programme in

LAW AND INFORMATION SOCIETY

UNIVERSITY OF TURKU

Degree: Master of International and Comparative Law (MICL)

Duration: 2 academic years, 120 ECTS credits

Mode of study: Full-time

Faculty / Department: Faculty of Law

Location: Turku, Finland

Language of instruction: English

Tuition fee: None / €10,000

Start date: September 2018

Application period: 1 Dec 2017 – 31 Jan 2018

CONTACT INFORMATION

Phone: + 358 2 333 6307

Email: lis@utu.fi

Programme homepages: www.utu.fi/law/lis

SCHOLARSHIPS & TUITION FEES