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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 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

After completing the MDP in Law and Information Society students will be awarded a Master of International and Comparative Law degree. Completion of this degree does not qualify the graduate for positions which require a Finnish Master of Laws degree (OTM). Starting from the autumn 2017 it is not possible with any study backgrounds to receive the Master of Laws Degree from the LIS programme.

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 towards students with a Bachelor of Laws degree or equivalent degree with most of the credits from legal studies.

The required degree must be completed by 10 July 2018. 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.

After completing the MDP in Law and Information Society students will be awarded a Master of International and Comparative Law degree. Completion of this degree does not qualify the graduate for positions which require a Finnish Master of Laws degree (OTM). Starting from the autumn 2017 it is not possible with any study backgrounds to receive the Master of Laws Degree from the LIS programme.

All applications are 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 admission decision is based on the overall evaluation of the level and content of:

  • previous studies
  • grades
  • language skills
  • personal interest
  • written application examination

The results of the admission will be published by 28 March 2018 at the latest in the Studyinfo.fi portal.

Language Requirements

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

1. Bachelor’s degree (or higher) or an equivalent degree in an English‐language programme in Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, the United States or in an EU/EEA country. The language of instruction of the degree must be proven with the degree certificate, transcript of records or Diploma Supplement.
2. A Finnish Bachelor of Law (ON or RN) degree OR
3. Studies of law (min. 20 ECTS, average grade at least 2,5) taken in a study program conducted in English at the University of Turku OR
4. One of the following languages tests. See also the note below * In the University of Turku the minimum scores to be approved are:

  • English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) with a minimum score of 575 on the paper‐based test (PBT) or minimum overall score of 92 and no individual score below 20 on the internet‐based test (IBT).
  • International English Language Testing Service (IELTS) test (Academic) with an overall band score of 6.5 and no individual score below 6,0.
  • TE Academic test with a minimum overall score of 62 and no individual score below 54.
  • Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE) with pass grade A, B or C.
  • Cambridge ESOL’s Certificate in Advanced English (CAE) with pass grade A, B, or C.

The language test results must be valid. Please note that the language test is valid until the expiry date given by the test organiser.

* NOTE: It is the applicant’s responsibility to make testing arrangements for her/himself. We recommend that prospective applicants sign up for a language test as soon as possible. AND No other language tests or statements of the applicant’s language skills will be accepted.

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 2017 – 31 January 2018 at 15.00 (local time in Finland, GMT +2) for studies starting in September 2018.

Applicants must include the following enclosures to their application:

  • 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).*
  • Transcript of records of the Bachelor’s degree in the original language.*
  • An official English, Swedish or Finnish translation of the transcript of records of the Bachelor’s degree.*
  • Language certificate (see language requirements)
  • Written essay based on the application exam question. The exam question and instructions  are available 1 November at: www.utu.fi/law/lis

In addition the applicant must submit via electronic application form the following enclosure:

  • Motivation letter stating why the applicant is applying to this programme. The applicant should also evaluate how his or her previous study and professional background supports successful completion of the programme.

The University of Turku requires you to submit all application documents in electronic format. Original documents will be required upon arrival. Giving incorrect/false information will directly lead to the cancellation of the admission. Please check the detailed instructions and country specific requirements at  http://masters.utu.fi/how-to-apply/

STEP 1.

Before applying you should take the language test if it is required from you. You must also prepare a motivation letter and write your entrance examination essay. The entrance examination question will be published in www.utu.fi/law/lis 1 November 2017.

Detailed information on the application process and country specific requirements.

STEP 2.

Fill in the online application form. The application is filled in and submitted online in the studyinfo.fi portal. The online application is open only during the application period, so make sure you will finish your application before 31 January 2018 at 15:00:00 (Local time in Finland, GTM+2).

STEP 3.

Wait for the results.

The results of the admission will be published by 28 March 2018 at the latest in the Studyinfo portal.

The admitted students must notify the University of Turku as soon as possible, by 10 July 2018 at 15.00 Finnish time at the latest, whether s/he will accept the study place or not. If the University of Turku hasn’t received the student’s notification by 10 July 2018 at 15.00 Finnish time, s/he will forfeit the right to enroll in the degree programme. The students who have been offered a scholarship must accept the study place by 27 April 2018 at the latest.

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 for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland:  None

Tuition fee for citizens of non-EU/EEA countries:  €10,000

Start date: August – 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