The programme is a classical law programme that teaches the basics of law and covering legal theory, private law, public law, and with a specialisation in EU law and international law. Based on personal interests, you can choose between many optional courses. Traditional branches of law like constitutional law, contract law, property law, criminal law, etc., are taught by comparative analysis of different states’ law s, with a strong emphasis on law and technology and law and business. At the end of the programme, you have to write and successfully defend your final thesis. The programme also entails an internship, and you can participate in international moot court competitions. Upon graduation, you will be awarded a Bachelor’s degree in law with a specialisation in EU and international law.
General Studies (21 ECT credits) – covers compulsory courses such as Sustainable Development and Legal Aspects of Environmental Protection, IT foundations I and II, Statistics and Introduction to Entrepreneurship.
EU and International Law (18 ECT credits) – covers compulsory courses such as EU Law, Comparative Private Law and International Private Law, Public International Law.
Basic Law Subjects (33 ECT credits) – covers compulsory courses such as Comparative Constitutional Law and Human Rights Law, Introduction to Criminal Law and Criminal Procedure, Legal Syllogism and the General Part of Civil Law Systems, Introduction to Property Law and Intellectual Property Law, Foundations of European Contract Law.
Legal Theory and Methods (12 ECT credits) – covers compulsory courses such as Foundations of Law and Legal Theory, Legal Research, Argumentation and Writing.
Specific Courses of EU and International Law (30 ECT credits) – Data Protection Law, Alternative Dispute Resolution, EU Internal Market and Competition Law, International Competition Law and Cyber Conflicts.
Practical Law (6 ECT credits) – either Legal Internship or Moot Court participation.
Optional Courses (42 ECT credits) – Legal Toolkit for Start-ups, Basics of Technology Law, Contract Negotiating and Drafting, Rights, Obligations and Liability of Actors on the Internet and Consumer Protection Law etc.
Free electives (6 ECT credits) – students can choose from a wide variety of courses offered at the university.
Graduation thesis (12 ECT credits) – individual legal research on a topic chosen by the student
Why this programme?
Studies in TalTech’s Department of Law are based on extensive field-specific knowledge, but we focus primarily on European law and technology law. Our chair of Law and Technology is unique in Estonia and specializing in the field during Master’s studies is highly promising when considering the future.
In TalTech, renowned practitioners, lawyers and top specialists from international organisations are involved in teaching law. Study trips are organized to bar associations of different countries and the best students get to participate in international moot court competitions.
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 a minimum of 5 points is admitted.
Programme specific requirements
Secondary school diploma or equivalent
In order to qualify for the studies at 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 in the Law. Describe your professional goals and explain how the degree programme you are applying to supports your professional profile.
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.
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.
During the interview the following aspects will be evaluated:
What is the interest of the candidate to the law; what area of law interests 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?
What is the knowledge of the candidate about the problems concerned law?
What does the candidate know about the role of the lawyer and the professional ethics/moral of the lawyer?
Duration of the interview is 15-30 minutes.
After graduating, you will be a high-skilled specialist with a thorough understanding of the mechanisms and systems of national and international law, enabling you to navigate autonomously through those legal matters you will later focus on in your work. The programme provides a firm foundation to continue studies in any kind of master ’s programme in law, especially in programmes taught in English and specialising in technology law or business law. Our graduates are qualified to work in EU and international organisations and institutions, international companies and different law offices.
"Looking back, as a current Stanford Law School graduate student and 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 TalTech. 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 TalTech for anyone who is willing to embrace an international career path." - Markku Räsänen (Finland)
"TalTech is as innovative and progressive as Estonia itself: Mektory, for one, has played a vital role in inspiring and driving the study process. This is how our start-up was born - truly an experience unlike any other. Moreover, during my BA, I got a chance to spend an exchange year in Maastricht, in the Netherlands, which is virtually a promised land when compared to normal law student standards. Having graduated cum laude, I am continuing my education outside of Estonia, but the business that is left behind, the many great people that became friends, and the spirit of TalTech, will always drive me back to my alma mater." - Tatsiana Khamichonak (Belarus)