Degree awarded: Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences (BA)
Workload: 180 ECTS
Language of instruction: English
Duration: 3 years
Pre-Requisites: secondary education
Tuition fees and scholarships: 1 ECTS = 55 EUR. Nominal study load per 1 year = 60 ECTS/€3300, 3 tuition fee waiver scholarships available that guarantee free studies. Detailed information about the scholarship is available here
This programme offers the chance of studying modern techniques in legal interpretation and implementation, and to gain an understanding of the interrelations between different legal systems. It provides knowledge in international and European Union law, private and public law, and in international relations along with study and research in detail of newer areas, such as law and technology. Tallinn Law School (TLS) faculty members come from Estonia, Sweden, Finland, UK, Czech republic, India, USA, including 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 private and public law 3) International Relations
- Student exchange with top European universities (such as Maastricht University, Turku University, etc), and international summer schools
- Participation in international moot court competitions, research projects, and various networks (such as the European Law Faculties Association, the 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 for starting a career in international organisations, law firms, and the public sector. After graduation, it is recommended that students continue their studies at the Master’s level if they are interested in a career as a lawyer. Many past graduates are now working in Brussels for EU-related organisations.
The 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 in international and European Union law, private and public law and in international relations along with study and research in detail of newer areas, such as law and technology;
- 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;
- 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 in International and European Union law, and in private and public law, along with study and research in detail of newer areas, such as law and technology.
Tallinn Law School of 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 from Estonia, Sweden, Finland, UK, Czech republic, India, USA, including 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.
In 2016 TLS team won 1st All European International Humanitarian and Refugee Law Moot Court Competition held at the University of Ljubljana, Slovenia. In 2009 our 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.
Tallinn Law School contributes to the fulfillment of the mission of Tallinn University of Technology (TTÜ) by providing high-level research and studies. This allows the university to offer contemporary higher education and knowledge services in the area of law, including the rapidly developing technology law and European law. TLS is also providing studies in international relations.
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.
Read about our academic staff HERE
Please pay attention as this programme you are applying for, has specific prerequisites:
- Motivation letter (0-30 points)
- Online interview (0-70 points)
Threshold 60 points - applicants receiving more than 60 points get admissions to TTÜ.
For each programme you apply to, an individual motivation letter (statement of purpose) must be inserted.
Please include following:
- Explain your interest to the law. Describe your professional goals and explain how does the degree programme you are applying for support your professional profile?
- Which specialization of the programme are you applying for, Law or International Relations, and why?
- Do you have any previous experience, being familiar with the field, in practice or in theory, work experience?
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.
To the interview are allowed candidates who collects from the motivation letter at least 15 points.
In the interview the following questions are asked:
- What is the interest of the candidate to the law and how candidate sees his/her future professional career?
- What are the knowledge of the candidate about the problems concerned law?
- What does a candidate know about the role of the lawyer and the professional ethics of the lawyer?
- Why candidate believes that he/she is the right person for this programme?
- How candidate evaluates his/her English skills?
Within the interview the expression, analysing and argumentation skills as well as English skills are evaluated.
For general admission requirements please visit the Admissions section.
The yearly fee for a typical student is calculated based on 60 ECTS per year (full study load). The following is an estimation based on 2018/2019 fees:
- 1 ECTS is 55 EUR
- first study year is 3300 EUR
A tuition fee waiver is a non-monetary scholarship granted automatically to the best ranked candidates, according to the points earned in the course of admission. There is no separate application required. Decisions are made based on the Dreamapply application. Scholarship is awarded for the whole study period. Recipients of the scholarships are required to study full-time, i.e. with the workload of at least 60 ECTS per year. If the student starts studying part-time, he/she will lose the tuition fee waiver and will start paying for studies.
Please check here for scholarship options.
Student Councellor in School of Business and Governance
Mrs. Maria Edur
e-mail: maria dot edur at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 2425
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
Mrs. Jelena Sõrmus
e-mail: jelena dot sormus at ttu dot ee
phone: (+372) 620 4121
address: Akadeemia tee 3, Tallinn 12618
I am third year student at LL.B. in European Union and International Law in TTÜ. Reason why I chose TTÜ is that university offers modern study methods and international environment. I like that the teaching methods are very practical, if you do not understand something on the lecture you can always ask and the professors will help you. Our professors are from all over the world, on law studies it is important to understand other countries’ judicial systems. TTÜ is having a lot of cooperation between other universities so for instance exchange studies are possible. All my classmates have become very close to me and we help each other as much as we can, the university is unitary. Tallinn is very student friendly city; the public transport is free and living standard is high and in addition as a Finnish student, it is also near home.
Student of the Law programme
The reason why I chose Tallinn University of Technology 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 TTÜ. 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 TTÜ for everyone who is willing to embrace an international career path.
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.
Alumnus of the Law programme
“I was a TTÜ student in the Legislative Drafting course and most importantly, Alternative Dispute Resolution. ADR course sparked my interest towards dispute resolution, which is one of the reasons I studied also arbitration in Nottingham. Things I learned in ADR and in Legislative Drafting really helped me in my interview to European Chemicals Agency, where I currently work in Dispute Resolution team. My job is to resolve data sharing disputes of companies importing or manufacturing chemicals in the EU, and draft the decisions as well. Just wanted to let you know how great impact your teaching has had on my career, and say thank you. I don’t think that without ADR course I would be where I am right now."
Student of the Law programme
"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