Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BA)
Workload: 180 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 3 years
Pre-Requisites: secondary education
Number of places available: 110
Number of full tuition fee waivers: 2
Tuition fee: €2700 per academic year 2016/2017. Tuition fee rates for 2017/2018 will be introduced in January 2017
This programme offers the possibility to study modern techniques of legal interpretation and implementation, and to understand the interrelations between different legal systems. It provides knowledge about European Union law, private and public law, study and research in detail of newer areas of law, e.g. intellectual property law, information and communication law, e-voting regulation and data protection law. The faculty – Tallinn Law School (TLS) members, coming from Estonia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Columbia, Australia, India, UK and USA, include highly qualified legal academics and well-respected legal practitioners from international law firms (Tark, Grunte and Sutkiene, Glimstedt, MAQS, etc.), public officials, public prosecutors, trial lawyers and judges.
- Specialisations in: 1) European Union and international law 2) Estonian public and private law
- Student exchange with top European universities (e.g. Maastricht University, Turku University, etc.) and international summer schools
- Participation in international moot court competitions, research projects and different networks (e.g. European Law Faculties Association, International Association of Law Schools, etc.)
- Students have access to the best legal online library in the region and the programme uses a lot of virtual studies to complement lectures and seminars
The programme offers a great basis to start a career in international organisations, law firms and the public sector. After graduation, a student is recommended to continue studies at Master’s level if interested in a career as a lawyer. Many of the graduates have continued studies in Tallinn Tech or in other top universities in Europe at Master’s level and are now working in Brussels for EU related organisations.
Student who graduates from the curriculum:
- has basic overview of the main definitions and principles of law, the nature, elements and structure of law, and the hierarchy of norms;
- knows the main features of European Union, international and state legal systems;
- has basic knowledge about public law, private law, European Union law and international law and their most important branches;
- has acquired on a basic level legal writing, argumentation, analysis and logical thinking skills;
- can use the knowledge acquired in defining, analyzing and solving simple legal issues;
- takes within his or her activity into account the diversity of opinions in a society; follows the principles of rule of law, democracy, equal treatment and tolerance;
- has detailed knowledge about Estonian public and private law or European Union law, international law and technology law (in accordance with chosen specialization);
- is prepared for continuing studies in the Master level.
The three-year bachelor program gives the students a possibility to employ modern techniques of legal interpretation and implementation, and understand the interrelations between different legal systems.
The programme enables you to get basic knowledge about private and public law and study and research in detail newer areas of law, such as European Union law, intellectual property law, information and communication law, environmental and planning law, municipal law, e-voting regulation, data protection law, human rights law and other areas.
Tallinn Law School (TLS) at Tallinn University of Technology is at the forefront of internationalization of legal education and research. Strategic cooperation partners in Europe and the world, participation in international research projects and different networks (such as the European Law Faculties Association, International Association of Law School, etc.) enables TLS to provide students and faculty unique options for collaboration and gaining new knowledge and skills.
TLS faculty members, who come from the United States, the European Union and other countries, include highly qualified legal academics and well-respected legal practitioners, including public officials, public prosecutors, trial lawyers and judges.
In 2009 TLS team won award for the best written pleading at EU Law Moot Court Competition, most prestigious and toughest student competition in the area of EU law.
TLS contributes to the fulfillment of the mission of TUT by providing research and studies in the area of law. This allows the TUT to offer contemporary higher education and knowledge services as well as advance legal science, especially in the areas of Law and Technology, European Union law and Human Rights.
TLS is dedicated to providing the finest legal education that can be obtained in the region. The emphasis of our programmes is on the development of a systematic understanding of law and justice, and of the lawyer’s special obligation to society, as well as the analytical and argumentative skills, which are the hallmarks of successful and respected attorneys, judges, and executives.
TLS has achieved considerable success in the area of internationalization and high quality of study and research. Advancement of research potential, including opening doctoral studies, are the priorities for the coming years.
Motivation letter/ personal statement
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
- previous experience and being familiar with the field of law in practice or in theory, work experience (0-2 points);
- interest in the special field or area of law, a vision of the professional career after completing the curriculum (0-2 points);
- ideas for future research in the field (0-2 points);
- understanding the interaction of legal science with other disciplines (0-2 points);
- grammatically fluent and correct (English) (0-2 points).
Grading scale: 0-10 points.
Positive scale: 5-10 points.
The candidate must collect at least 5 points to be in the competition.
PS! It is important to properly cite any sources (quotations, publications, ideas which are not your own etc.) used in your motivation letter, because to do otherwise would be plagiarism and result in disqualification.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
Mr. Archil Chochia
phone: (+372) 620 2425
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
The reason why I chose Tallinn Tech was because of its international approach to legal education, coupled with an international student body. Looking back, as a current Stanford Law School graduate student, having worked in international law firms, and in-house legal departments of leading technology companies, I can say that many of those opportunities would not have been there if not for my studies in Tallinn Tech. The way that the programme encourages students to think outside the context of their own country teaches an especially valuable lesson. I can highly recommend studying in Tallinn Tech for everyone who is willing to embrace an international career path.
Markku Räsänen, Finland
Alumnus of the Law programme
I graduated as a Bachelor of Social Sciences in Law.
I had a privilege to study among amazing law students and most importantly friends, who were highly supportive of each other.
Tallinn Law School opens a great many doors for an international career in law. In addition, Tallinn has grown into a ‘’student city’’ where you are sure to have the time of your life. If you wish to pursue an international career in law, I highly recommend Tallinn Law School.
I am currently working as a Legal Research Assistant at Tallinn Law School under the supervision professor Tanel Kerikmäe who is the director of Tallinn Law School. In March 2016 I will be continuing my career as a legal trainee in a Helsinki based law firm. Moreover, I am currently studying for EEA-aptitude tests at the University of Helsinki in order to begin my master’s degree studies there in the Fall 2016. As for my future career perspectives, I have couple of things in my mind but I am not yet certain which route I am going pick. They say that the ‘’world is your oyster’’. I think that they are right.
Master Student of Law and Technology
"In our fast moving society, we have to deal with rapid technological change, increasing globalisation and innovations at all levels of society. It is a challenge how to regulate sufficiently to avoid risks and ensure reasonable liability while at the same time not stifling innovation but instead using the legal system to encourage it. This means that the role of lawyers is constantly changing and growing: law is an integral part of all aspects of society and lawyers have to be able to deal with many issues and in many different roles: as attorneys, judges and prosecutors, but also as corporate counsel, in international organisations, for government ministries and authorities. It is a very exciting time to study law and a very wise choice to do so in an innovative, international environment such as Tallinn Law School!"
Professor Katrin Merike Nyman Metcalf,
Head of Chair of Law and Technology, Tallinn Law School