The programme is tailored to enable students to learn both the general principles and philosophy of law in Europe as well as give detailed knowledge and skills in specialised areas: European Union and International Law and 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.
Degree: Master of Arts in Law (MA)
Duration: 2 years
Faculty: School of Business and Governance
Study Load: 120 ECTS (view curriculum)
Mode of Study: Full-time study
Language: English (view English language requirements)
Tuition Fee: 2800 EUR/year for EU and non-EU
Tuition Fee Waivers: Available for best candidates
Scholarships: Different options available
Admission: Admission for 2020/2021
EU and International Law
Law and Technology
Students for TalTech international study programmes are admitted based on the admission threshold. By the motivation letter and interview, candidate’s English, skills of expression, analysing and argumentation are evaluated. Max score is 10 points. An applicant who receives the minimum of 5 points is admitted.
Programme Specific Requirements
Bachelor's degree or equivalent with at least 36 ECTS in law courses
Candidate must have passed at least 36 ECTS from the following courses:
- EU Law
- Constitutional Law,
- Administrative Law
- Civil Law
- Contract Law
- Criminal Law
- Property Law
Titles of the courses can vary depending on the study programme a candidate has passed. The content of the courses will be evaluated by the faculty.
In order to qualify for the studies in Tallinn University of Technology an applicant has to have at least 60% of the highest possible CGPA.
Motivation letter must consist the profound answers to the following questions (max 300 words per question):
Explain your interest to the law. Describe your professional goals and explain how the degree programme you are applying for supports your professional profile. Which specialization of the programme you are applying for and explain why specifically this specialization interests you. (0-2 points)
Describe your previous education how does your academic background fit to the degree program you are applying for? Evaluate your previous knowledge and skills gathered during your previous education, how they would be useful in your studies in the law programme. (0-2 points)
NB! It is important to properly cite and reference any sources used in your motivation letter (quotations, publications, ideas etc. that are not your own). Neglecting the rules of referencing and citation is considered plagiarism and will result in the disqualification of your application.
Aspects evaluated during the interview:
What is the interest of the candidate to the law? What area interests the the candidate most and why? How candidate sees his/her future professional career? Why candidate has decided to study at the Tallinn University of Technology? Why candidate finds the programme offered attractive? Why candidate believes that he/she is the right person for this programme? (0-2 points)
What is the knowledge of the candidate about the problems concerned law? (0-2 points)
What does candidate know about the role of the lawyer and the professional ethics/moral of the lawyer? (0-2 points)
Duration of the interview is 15-30 minutes.
The faculty – Department of Law members, who come from Estonia, Sweden, Ukraine, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Columbia, Australia, India, the UK and the USA, include highly qualified legal academics and legal practitioners from international law firms (Tark, Grunte and Sutkiene, Glimstedt, MAQS, etc.), public officials, public prosecutors, trial lawyers and judges.
Why this programme?
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
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. During 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, who 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 the keynote speaker for several high level conferences in United States, Portugal, Hungary, New Zealand, Cambodia and elsewhere.
Professor Katrin Nyman-Metcalf 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 well-known universities in 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 at TalTech, and teaches Intellectual Property Law. His educational background includes two bachelor´s degrees in Chemistry and in Law from the University of Mumbai, India, LL.M from TalTech, as well doctoral studies at Estonian Business School. He has practiced law since 1998 as an advocate, solicitor, a registered patent attorney in the Indian Patent Office, and member of various law associations in India. His areas of research interests are Intellectual Property Law and Competition Law, with various publications related to these topics. He has been involved in several international projects funded by USAID and the European Union.
Thomas Hoffmann is working as an Associated Professor at TalTech since 2016. He started his legal career at the University of Trier and passed his first state exam in law in 2005 at the University of Heidelberg, where he received his Ph.D. in 2006, following a research semester at the University of Latvia. After passing the second state exam at the Heidelberg district court in 2007 and admission to the German bar, he worked as an associated lawyer in Kiev and Berlin office of an international law firm. In 2009 he became a research fellow in the Institute of East European Law in Kiel, Germany. Two years later, he relocated to Estonia after being appointed as a DAAD Lecturer in Law at the University of Tartu. In 2016 Dr Hoffmann became an Associated Professor at Department of Law, School of Business and Governance TalTech.
CURRICULUM OUTLINE (120 ECTS)
- General studies - cover entrepreneurship and business planning, legal research methodology and ethics and human rights related to technology.
- Core studies - include courses of constitutional law of EU and special seminars of public and private law.
- Special studies - students can specialise in the EU and International Law (EU external relations law and politics, international business law, data protection law, cyber security and law, legal framework of e-Governance, etc.) and Law and Technology (data protection law, intellectual property law, EU area of freedom, ICT law, IT solutions of e-government, digital evidence, etc.).
- Free choice courses - a wide variety of free choice courses are offered at the university.
- Graduation thesis - students do a research on a legal problem and provide solutions by applying appropriate theoretical and practical framework.
Taught by 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.
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!
Alumnus of Law and Technology
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.
Alumna of Law and Technology
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