Master of Arts in Law: Information Technology Law

General

Program Description

The IT Law Programme at the University of Tartu is driven by the high demand for IT Law specialists in the private and public sector worldwide as well as by the ambitions of Estonia as a tech-savvy country and a forerunner in innovative digital initiatives

Designed for lawyers interested in pursuing careers in the field of information technology and cybersecurity, the program trains highly qualified IT Law experts much needed at law firms, IT companies, public agencies, international organizations, and consulting firms.

Why study Information Technology Law?

  • Knowledge and skills tested in practice throughout the year. ​We believe that a significant part of teaching in this program should simulate real-life situations. Students gain access to 30 IT Law practitioners and IT specialists from around the world participating in the program. As consultants, lecturers, or mentors, they synchronize legal education with technical developments in the ICT sector.
  • Broad and comprehensive understanding of IT Law. We provide a systematic understanding of all major subfields of IT law as well as the skills necessary for practicing in this area. Along with that, we create extensive links between technical, legal, and policy aspects of development and uses of ICTs, putting heavy emphasis on case studies, real-life exercises, trend assessments, and problem-solving.
  • Strong emphasis on developing technical skills. Students will master a set of technical skills typically required in the ICT sector, e.g. elementary skills in programming, cryptography, database technology, and software engineering.
  • Principle-based learning allowing practicing IT Law globally. Graduates will be ready to provide legal advice on ICT related matters across jurisdictions and work anywhere in the world. They will be able to perform interdisciplinary and comprehensive regulatory, analytical, and expert work in the field of IT Law, having all the necessary skills to face the challenges posed by the extraterritoriality, novelty, and complexity of its problems.
  • e-Estonia and cutting-edge developments in IT. Estonia is considered an international leader in the field of IT for its technological and legal solutions as well as the population that is open to technological advancements: We provide access to its best practices and cutting-edge developments.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the program are information technology law specialists equipped with the necessary skills to successfully engage and excel in the process of legislative drafting as well as to conduct both analytical and expert work in matters related to ICT. This is achieved particularly thanks to a strong emphasis on: 

  • Case-by-case research;
  • Simulation of real-life situations;
  • Evaluation of development tendencies;
  • Problem centered approach.

The rapidly increasing importance and ubiquity of ICTs has created a concurrent need for lawyers adept at relevant technical matters in

  • Law firms;
  • ICT companies;
  • Public agencies;
  • International organizations;
  • Consulting firms and
  • Scientific institutions.

Program details

  • Title: Information Technology Law
  • Level of study: Master's
  • Degree awarded: Master of Arts in Law (Information Technology Law)
  • Faculty: Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Law
  • Duration: 1 year
  • Credits: 60 ECTS
  • Study-form: Full-time regular studies
  • Language: English
  • Location: Tartu, Estonia
  • Tuition fee: 3,800 EUR/year
  • Scholarships: 6 tuition waivers
  • Lecture times: Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays
  • Study places: 25 

Tuition fee & scholarships

The tuition fee is 3,800 euros per year and it covers tuition and some study materials. Altogether 25 students will be admitted to this program. Based on the admission’s ranking list, 6 best applicants will be given the tuition-waiver scholarship. Applicants do not have to apply for the tuition-waiver separately, as they will be considered for the competition automatically.

Students receiving the tuition-waiver do not have to pay the tuition fee if they meet full-time enrollment requirements. The full-time study load is completed if no more than 6 credits are missing from the 30 ECTS workload per semester. If students receiving the tuition-waiver fail to complete a full-time study load per semester, they have to pay for the credits not earned. The price per credit point is 76 euros.

Curriculum structure

We divide the 1-year MA in IT Law curriculum into 5 components.

General Knowledge

  • Fundamentals of ICT (3 ECTS)
  • Information Infrastructure and Architecture (3 ECTS)
  • Introduction to Programming (3 ECTS)

E-Environment

  • Information Security (3 ECTS)
  • Public E-Services (3 ECTS)
  • Privacy and Data Protection (3 ECTS)

E-Entrepreneurship

  • E-Commerce and IT Contracts (3 ECTS)
  • Legal Steps in IPR Intensive Enterprise Life Cycle (6 ECTS)
  • IP Protection in the Field of Information Technology (3 ECTS)

Cyber Crime and Cyber Security

  • Cyber Defence and International Cyber Security (3 ECTS)
  • ICT Litigation, Digital Evidence, Computer Forensics and Cyber Crime (3 ECTS)

Meeting Challenges in IT Law

  • Practical Training in IT Law (incl. TechStartup Legal Clinic and Simulations) (3 ECTS)
  • Master’s Exam (incl. IT Law Lab) (15 ECTS)
  • Optional Courses

Student experience

"It wasn’t a requirement to have technical skills. Of course,​​​ it was a benefit, but the program itself was built the way that you don’t actually have to have previous technical skills. I think the lecturers knew that we were not technical people, so the way they presented the subjects, fit perfectly." 

Merike Kaev, MA in IT Law, 2016

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Application deadlines

  • January 2: application system opens
  • March 15: application deadline
  • May 15: final admission results
  • August 31: academic year starts

Admission to Information Technology Law

Entry requirements

  • 4-year bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification (240 ECTS) in Law. Applicants with a 3-year bachelor's degree (180 ECTS) must have a master's degree in Law to qualify – please see country-specific document requirements on our website.
  • English language proficiency – please check acceptable tests and exempt categories on our website.

Applications are evaluated based on

  • The score of the motivation letter (yields 50% of the final score)
  • The admission interview (yields 50% of the final score)

For each assignment, the maximum score is 100 points and minimum positive score 51 points. Only the candidates who receive at least 51 points from the motivation letter, will be invited to the interview. After the interview, the final admission score is calculated.

The maximum score is 100 points. The application will be considered for admission if a score of 66 points or higher is achieved. 

Application process for international students

The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad.

  • Show Show Step 1: Submitting the online application
  • Show Show Step 2: Evaluation and announcement of admission results
  • Show Show Step 3: Sending the documents by post
  • Show Show Step 4: Receiving the official admission letter
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The University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. It is the only university in the Baltics ranked in the top 2% of the world’s best universities (QS World University R ... Read More

The University of Tartu (UT) is Estonia’s leading centre of research and training. It is the only university in the Baltics ranked in the top 2% of the world’s best universities (QS World University Rankings 2016-17). Founded in 1632, UT is the only classical university in Estonia. There are more than 13 000 students studying at UT (incl. 1300 international students (2016)) and UT has 3800 employees (incl. 1800 academic employees (190 professors)). To support and develop the professional competence of its students and academic staff, the university has 71 partner universities in 27 countries. Read less