School of Governance, Law and Society
Tallinn University opened a law affiliate in Helsinki five years ago in 2012, so this year we will already witness the third graduation ceremony.
Our staff is international - the professors, alongside with guest lecturers, travel from Tallinn to Helsinki to teach and supervise the students. Our students get good knowledge and practical skills in international, European and Finnish law and have great opportunities to do their Master's degree wherever in the world. All students who hold an EU passport, can apply for studying law in Helsinki.
Your support team in Helsinki and in Tallinn
In School of Governance, Law and Society we have besides the professors also a support team who are next to the students whether they need guidance in the admission process, study programme or any issues; also with extracurricular activities such as conferences, seminars and other interesting events.
We have two law specialized study counsellors who are going every week to Helsinki while the studies take place – Anna-Stina Kangro and Maris Liström. The head of the law studies in Helsinki is American professor Philip Graves who is also teaching there.
The person, who takes care of extracurricular activities and cooperates with the Primus Collegium in Helsinki, is Triin Tõnurist. In addition to that she is the Erasmus Coordinator in School of Governance, Law and Society. Triin has also the responsibility of the admission process in the academic unit. Contact Triin: triin.tonurist....at....tlu.ee; apply to Tallinn University, Law studies in Helsinki HERE.
Due to the worsening political situation in Syria, it was impossible for me to complete my academic studies and was forced to leave the country. I then moved to live in Finland where I found a new home. Upon arriving in Finland, I began searching for study options at Finnish universities with the hope that I would be finally able to pursue an academic degree in the field of law which has always been of my passionate interest.
Unfortunately, all bachelor level programmes offered by the Finnish traditional universities were taught only in Finnish and an advanced to native level of understanding was required of the Finnish language, a level of which I had not yet attained.
As such, I was left with no options other than to seek an opportunity in another European country. Searching for study options in some of the neighbouring countries on the internet, I come across a Bachelor’s degree programme of law that was entirely taught in English. The programme was provided by Tallinn University, and to my pleasant surprise, the programme was also offered in the university campus in Helsinki.
It is a fascinating and dynamic programme. The first year was foundational, aimed at creating a solid ground and providing the students with all the necessary tools and instruments that will help them throughout their studies as well as in their professional lives. The program comprised of introductory courses covering different areas of law, history, philosophy, logic, politics and international relations. Second and third years courses switch focus to three areas of law – Finnish law, European law and International law. Students are free to choose whichever module they prefer as a major and as a minor. I chose International law as my major, and European law as my minor. The fact that we have international professors coming from different legal systems and cultures adds great value and richness to the learning experience.
We live in a world that is becoming more and more interconnected, where concepts and ideas are relentlessly developing and evolving. Markets, cultures and ideologies grow and expand beyond political borders, And hence, the need is bigger for jurists and lawyers that can extend their knowledge beyond the limits of a single legal system, and are better equipped to cope with the future challenges of such a complex world. In concluding, I truly believe that it is not only what the university can offer, but also what we as individuals are willing to strive to achieve from our time at university. The university is indeed a state of mind and it is on us to honour that experience.
It is very good that the Law programme is in English – none of the Finnish universities offers law studies in English. That what makes Tallinn University really special. I wish to do my masters in abroad, so the studies here give me excellent ground – I am focusing on European law which gives me very good opportunities for my future. I appreciate Tallinn University because it has a different approach to studies compared to Finnish universities. It is easier to get into Tallinn University but there are demands that need to be fulfilled in order to stay in the university. It is good because the grade average keeps high and almost all of those that graduate, graduate on time.
Lecturers here are interactive, we have lots of group works and discussions how to take the knowledge and put it into a practical situation. It is quite intensive but I like it! The university is in the Meeting Park, right in the middle of Helsinki’s old town, so the access to the transit is very good. I am working at the same time and quick transit is very important to me because the travel distances are not too long.
Dan Rainer Nyberg
I decided to come to study law later in my life, so I am bit older than most of the other students here. I have many experiences in life and I can say that Tallinn University gives more personal studies than some other universities. Lecturers in Tallinn University are really good – lawyers really need that deep critical thinking and that’s what the lecturers here are teaching us. They also try to guide us to the right direction. I am glad that we can discuss everything – lecturers are very dedicated on their topics. They have a fire in themselves! I appreciate the material they share with us. I feel that there is a personal contact between students and lecturers – that is great!