Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Law (MA)
Workload: 120 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 2 years
Number of places available: 20
Number of full tuition fee waivers: 1
Pre-Requisites: Bachelor’s degree or equivalent in Social Sciences with at least 30 ECTS in Law courses
Tuition fee: €3000 per academic year 2016/2017. Tuition fee rates for 2017/2018 will be introduced in January 2017
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The Master's programme in Law is tailored to enable students to learn both the general principles and philosophy of law in Europe as well as giving detailed knowledge and skills in specialised areas: European Union and International Law; Law and Technology. 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.
The faculty – Tallinn Law School (TLS) members, who come from Estonia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Columbia, Australia, India, the UK and the 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) Law and Technology
- 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.)
- Internationally recognised lecturers (professor Katrin Nyman-Metcalf, professor Tanel Kerikmäe, Associate Professor Lehte Roots, etc.) who received their doctoral degrees from Uppsala, Helsinki, Florence, Bremen and elsewhere
Taught by the Law School’s international faculty, graduates of Tallinn Law School have excellent career prospects in the public and private sectors, at international organisations and European institutions, such as the European Commission, ministries and regulators, patent offices or as corporate lawyers in the rapidly growing high-technology field.
TLS at Tallinn University of Technology is dedicated to providing the finest legal education that can be obtained in the region. The emphasis of our program 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. For the most part, our students are taught under a European curriculum by a predominantly European faculty in the best tradition of open-minded, international, liberal, democratic, inquisitive, and critical European thinking.
From the very beginning of their studies, our young lawyers also take a broad range of subjects in international, comparative, and European Union law. At the same time, students can select introductory courses on the laws and legal systems of important trading and political partners, such as the US, Germany, Great Britain, and Russia. As a matter of fact, the range of international, comparative, and European Union law subjects offered regularly places our program amongst the most international law programs in the world.
The graduates of Tallinn Law School have excellent career prospects in their area of specialisation; furthermore, many institutions and law offices frequently turn to us in order to find the best specialists in their fields. Our graduates are working in both the public and private sectors, and are also members of Bar Associations in several countries and have been appointed as judges. There are several graduates with excellent international careers (at the European Bank, the European Commission and the European Court of Justice).
There are professors from the United States, Western Europe and the rest of the world. The professors are highly qualified academics, and well-respected legal practitioners, including public officials, public prosecutors, trial lawyers and judges.
Professor Kerikmäe is a well-known international lawyer and scholar in the region. Dr Kerikmäe is a Jean Monnet professor in European Law, a board member of several high-ranked law journals and an author ofmore than 150 articles and publications e.g. published by Ashgate, Martinus Nijhoff, Kluwer, Cambridge Press, Peter Lang, Lexis Nexis etc. He has been active as an expert for public and private institutions, international organizations. 2009 - 2010, he has been working as EU key expert in Central Asia as a head of the component of constitutional law. Prof. Kerikmäe also serves as a President of Estonian branch ofEuropean Community Studies Association with headquarters in Brussels, he was a main country rapporteur for the FIDE conference 2012. He has been teaching and supervising at several universities e.g. in United Kingdom, Latvia, Switzerland, Kyrgyzstan and is related to international research cooperation networks. He has been invitedspeaker for several high level conferences in United States, Portugal, Hungary, New Zealand, Cambodia and elsewhere.
Professor Katrin Nyman-Metcalf (F) is Head of the Chair of Law and Technology and also works as an international consultant especially in the area of communications law in the broad sense (telecommunications, media, internet, e-governance etc.). She has more than 25 years of working experience from over 30 countries. Katrin is a regular visiting Professor at universities in e.g. Latvia and Georgia. Her PhD from Uppsala University, Sweden (1999) deals with the law of outer space. Katrin has published extensively on international and EU law as well as on legal reform in countries in transition.
Pawan Dutt is a lecturer in the Chair of Law and Technology at Tallinn University of Technology. He teaches Intellectual Property Law. He is a doctoral student in Estonian Business School. His educational background includes Bachelor´s degrees in Chemistry and in Law (both from the University of Mumbai, India) and a LL.M from Tallinn University of Technology. He is an advocate and solicitor and is a member of various law associations in India. He is registered as a Patent Attorney in the Indian Patent Office. He has practiced law since 1998.
His areas of research are Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law and he has various publications related to these topics. He has been involved in several international projects concerning the study of this field and funded by USAID and the European Union, both within and outside Europe.
Addi Rull is working as a lecturer at Tallinn Law School of Tallinn University of Technology. He has graduated from Stockholm University and teaches several courses including EU law. He has worked as a national expert in several projects coordinated by Directorates of the European Commission. Before the academic career Addi worked as a lawyer at the European Central Bank and held different managerial positions in international companies. Under the Chair of Law and Technology Addi is currently working on several interdisciplinary projects that cover legal, social, economic and technological issues. He has consulted the Estonian Government in cases pleaded before the ECJ and the European Court of Human Rights.
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.
General admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The Law and Technology Masters programme in Tallinn Law School has enabled me to better understand the legal complexities relating to the modern technology-dependent society and to put the underlying aspects into a solid contextual framework. The vibrant, yet well-organized, study atmosphere both within the campus and throughout the virtual resources serve as an excellent backbone for providing the best possible support for its students.
Some of the key strengths of Tallinn Law School, in my view, include its ability to offer its students a great variety of projects and programmes in a close cooperation with other departments and institutions that help the students to exchange their innovative ideas with people from different fields of expertise. In addition, it would have to be mentioned that Tallinn Law School has succeeded in offering a lively atmosphere for stimulating academic discussions both between the students themselves and with helpful guidance from the lecturers.
After my studies at Tallinn Law School, I joined the Business Security and Legal Compliance team in an international telecommunications company, Tele2, and undertook the challenges of working as an in-house lawyer. For a lawyer, working in the rapidly changing telecom industry offers a wide range of challenges, both exiting and demanding, to tackle on a daily basis for which the studies in Tallinn Law School has prepared me well. The future seems bright with many interesting opportunities ahead!
All in all, it has been a memorable and truly emotional journey to study in Tallinn Law School. My kindest regards to the Director, the staff and to all the fellow students.
The decision of doing my masters’ degree in Tallinn Law School was undoubtedly the best choice I have made. This might sound like a cliché, but studying in the law and technology masters’ program has opened up many different opportunities to me, simply because it was something different and our focus was on intellectual property and IT. The atmosphere in Tallinn Law School was always very positive and encouraging towards research of novel topics and technologies, which lead me to writing my masters’ thesis about a new and emerging field of 3D printing technology and copyright regulation. It is possible to learn about the history of law in every traditional law school, but Tallinn Law School offers a great insight to future technologies, trends and regulations and generates valuable experts on fields that are currently emerging.
I am now a participant in a leadership program organized by the Government Office of Estonia, which allows me to get an overview of the Estonian public sector by rotating between different ministries and institutions during a 22 month time period. I’m currently working in the Estonian Ministry of Justice as an adviser on the field of public e-services and IT.
The reason I came to study in the Law and Technology programme is that it is offered in Estonia and the country is renowned for its advanced e-governance systems and start-ups. Secondly, the programme is offered at technical university, so what would be a better place to study law and technology! The programme has lived up to my expectations – we have had many exciting courses such as digital evidence, cyber security and a course on how to build start-ups, all this through the prism of law, which gives the programme a stimulating touch of interdisciplinarity. Tallinn Law School offers a certain flexibility when it comes to the selection of courses and the staff is always eager to support us with any issues. The study groups are rather small, so the classes are very interactive. The study environment is truly international, with ca 60% of people, including the academic staff, coming from all over the world.
Xander De Valkeneer, Belgium
Master Student of Law and Technology