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.
"Two years after graduating from the Programme, I consider it as one of the best choices I have ever made in my studies - a valuable and memorable experience."
"The Teachers of the Faculty of Law are very dedicated, professional, friendly, and easy to approach. The LIS programme has exceeded my expectations in every aspect."
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.
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:
Examples of thesis topics:
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 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:
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:
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)
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.
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:
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.
All applicants must prove their English language skills in one of the ways accepted by the Faculty:
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.
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.
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:
Collect the required application documents.
Send the following application documents to University Admissions Finland office by mail. The application documents have to arrive by the application deadline:
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
Masters Degree Programme in
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
Phone: + 358 2 333 6307
Programme homepages: www.utu.fi/law/lis