Become an expert in the legal challenges of digitalisation!
The Master's Degree Programme in Law and Information Society (LIS) provides essential insights, capabilities and intellectual tools for analysing legal problems of the information society.
The Programme offers its students a unique combination of private and public law and interdisciplinary perspectives. Skills in legal analysis, critical thinking, research and writing are what distinguishes excellent lawyers and legal scholars.
Our interactive study methods are based on the latest pedagogical research and courses are taught in small groups of selected students. The Programme creates a solid basis for doctoral training in law. It also provides you with the expertise necessary for a successful career at law firms and corporations, governments and international organisations, as well as at universities and research institutions.
The programme structure will be available in October 2019.
Academic Excellence & Experience
Digital Futures is one of the six strategic research themes of the University of Turku. The Faculty of Law has several externally funded research projects in the areas of the LIS Programme (funded e.g. by the Academy of Finland). In 2016, the Faculty of Law was ranked in the top 151–200 in the QS World University Rankings by Subject.
In the Programme, you will learn from the lecturers of the University of Turku as well as from international experts who are also top researchers in their area of expertise. LIS Programme is a partner in the Pan European Seal Trainee-ship Programme
Master's Thesis & Topics
Examples of thesis topics:
- Internet Service Providers’ Liability for Third-Party Content
- Digital Exhaustion of Video Games – The Consumer Perspective
- The Right to be Forgotten – A conceptual analysis of the right to be forgotten, and its practical implications in the context of search engines
The LIS Programme concentrates on high-quality teaching in small group environments and applies advanced pedagogical methods, such as interactive study methods.
In the Programme, you learn to:
- Understand patents, copyright, trademarks, design rights and trade secrets in their economic and societal contexts in the framework of European law and international treaties.
- Comprehend how human rights, such as freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, are guaranteed in the digital society of today.
- Apply recent research to the legal problems of the information society.
After completing the MDP in Law and Information Society students will be awarded a Master of International and Comparative Law degree. Completion of this degree does not qualify the graduate for positions which require a Finnish Master of Laws degree (OTM). Starting from autumn 2017 it is not possible with any study backgrounds to receive the Master of Laws Degree from the LIS programme.
The LIS Programme provides various opportunities to acquire the knowledge and competence necessary for working in various demanding positions in the knowledge society.
As a Master of International and Comparative Law, you can work in the following positions:
- A legal counsel in a tech company.
- An expert in an international organisation.
- A data protection officer in an insurance agency.
The Programme offers internship opportunities in the EUIPO and EPO Offices. It is a possibility for a one year paid internship after graduation.
Career in Research
The Programme offers a solid basis for doctoral training at the University of Turku or abroad. At the moment, the Faculty of Law has several doctoral candidates who have graduated from the LIS Programme.
Graduates from the Programme can apply for a position in the University of Turku Graduate School (UTUGS). The Graduate School consists of Doctoral Programmes, which cover all disciplines and doctoral candidates of the University.
Together with the Doctoral Programmes, the Graduate School provides systematic and high-quality doctoral training. UTUGS aims to train highly qualified experts with the skills required for both professional career in research and other positions of expertise.
General Admission Requirements
You are an eligible applicant for Master’s-level studies if:
- you have a nationally recognized first cycle degree – normally a Bachelor’s degree – from an accredited institution of higher education,
- your degree corresponds to at least 180 ECTS (European credits) or to three years of full-time study,
- your degree is in a relevant field for the Master’s degree programme that you’re applying to. Please check the programme page for detailed degree requirements.
Applicants must have excellent English language skills and a certificate that proves those skills. You can indicate your language skills by taking one of the internationally recognized English language tests.
Applicants must reach the minimum required test results to be considered eligible to the University of Turku. No exceptions will be made. Read more about the language requirements here.
Programme-specific Admission Requirements
The programme-specific requirements will be published in October.