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Law (MA)

The 2-year Master programme (120 European credit points) is designed for students who have already completed an 180 ECTS Bachelor of Arts in Social Sciences or a comparable degree.

The Master's programme in Law is tailored to enable students to learn both the general principles and philosophy of law in Europe as well as giving detailed knowledge and skills in specialised areas: European Union and International Law; 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.

It is possible to specialize in:

  • European Union and International Law

  • Law and Technology

Timetables are available here

December 4, 2020 - submission of the internship report and the one-site internship supervisor´s evaluation in OIS (Study Information System).

December 7, 2020 - Internship defence, please register in Moodle 
  


The internship is a course which gives the student practical experience at the workplace in their area of study. Legal internship can be done in any positions related to law, including government entities (such as courts, ministries, prosecutor's office), law firms, legal departments of companies, international and EU institutitions etc. It is important that most of the activities done at the workplace are related to law. If in doubt, please ask.

In order to pass the internship course

  1. Find a place for internship or ask for assistance from the Law School.

  2. Read the internship instruction.

  3. Meet with the on-site internship supervisor and agree upon internship timetable and work plan (please note that for 6 ECP legal internship course the internship should last no less than 156 hours. This includes also independent work for preparation of internship report).

  4. After the end of the internship please submit the internship report in which you describe the workplace, your work, results and analyse how well you have achieved the learning outcomes. Include any new skills, knowledge and experiences you received (including general skills, like teamwork, client relations, working with databases, etc). The on-site internship supervisor must also present his/her evaluation.

  5. Submit the internship report and on-site supervisor's evaluation to the Law School using Moodle.

  6. Take part in internship defence (takes part once per semester in seminar form) and pass the defence.

  7. Register for internship in ÕIS (Application)* (can be done at any time during the semester).

* Application in ÕIS

Applications > Submission of applications > Type of application - Acceptance of practice.
 

Frequently asked questions

 

I am already working on a law-related position. Can you have an internship at my workplace?

Yes, you can. If you are not working on a position you want to use as an internship place, then you need submit additionally proof that you have worked (employment contract etc) but you do not need to have an internship supervisor's opinion. You have to make an internship report and defend it. 


When should I go on internship?

There is no set time for when the internship must take place. It is, however, unadvisable to go on internship during the first year of study as you will must likely lack skills you can successfully implement at the workplace.


How to write the internship report?

Preparing the report students:

  • evaluate the aims and results of the internship;

  • make a self-evaluation;

  • give overview about the process of the internship and analyse how were the learning outcomes of the internship achieved;

  • be ready the defend the internship at public defence seminar. 

Do I have to pay for internship?

No, internship as a course is free of charge. It depends on the internship place you have chosen whether or not you receive any remuneration for the internship.

How is grading organised?

There will be a pass or fail grade (non-differentiated grading) used for the internship.

Who to ask in case of questions?

Please ask your questions in the Moodle internship course forum.
 

Internship instructions and evaluation forms

Bachelor program HAJB

Legal Internship HOX6050 instruction (Estonian public and private law, EU and international law)
Evaluation form of the supervisor at the host organisation of internship HOX6050

Internship TSP0103 instruction (International Relations)
Evaluation form of the supervisor at the host organisation of internship TSP0103

Master program HAJM

Legal Internship HOX7007 instruction (Estonian public and private law, EU and international law, law of technology)
Evaluation form of the supervisor at the host organisation of internship HOX7007  

Moot Court is a subject in the curriculum, so students can get credit points for participating at a moot court competition. In general, students are themselves responsible for setting up a team and choosing which moot courts to participate in. TLS students have previously participated at the following moot court competitions (visit the websites for participation rules):

 

Participating at moot court competitions entails usually much more work and dedication than passing a regular course. However, the rewards are also far greater as you will get unique experiences and skills. 

Participation at moot court competitions requires a participation fee as well as coverage of travel expenses. Tallinn Law School may support the participation by covering participation fees, but usually no travel expenses. You will need to find additional financial support.

You will be able to get credit points for participation at the moot court even if your team does not qualify past the written stage (our teams in the past have all qualified). You do not register for the course as a normal course, but it will be transferred after you have completed the competition.

Tallinn Law School uses the Moodle e-learning environment offered by the Estonian e-learning development centre. See TLS courses at Moodle.

Other environments may be used by individual instructors. Please ask from your course instructor about further details.

Online materials

  • Please find information for the students here

  • Please find the list of databases here

  • Information about Off-campus access is avilable here

October 22, 2020 - submission of Thesis Project through Moodle:

Thesis project has to be submitted in pdf/word-format, with document title: surname.firstname.bac/mast.
Do not use umlauts.

If you cannot submit your thesis project due to a technical problem in Moodle, you have to send it by e-mail before the dealine to: kaja.kattel@taltech.ee or jelena.sormus@taltech.ee, with an explanation – why and at what time you could not upload the document. In the same e-mail you have to forward also the screenshot of Moodle page, showing an error.

The prerequisites to the Thesis Project:

  • Topic of the thesis is appropriate and actual in the field of law;
  • The title of the thesis corresponds to the aim, hypothesis(es) / research question(s) of the thesis;
  • The research methods of the thesis are suitable;
  • The structure corresponds to the aim, hypothesis(es) / research question(s) of the thesis, structure is rational and proper;
  • The used sources are research based, bachelor thesis has at least 20 and master thesis has at least 30 sources from peer-reviewed journals or articles/chapters in books published by the internationally recognized publishers;
  • Used sources enable to achieve the aim of the thesis;
  • The thesis project is signed by supervisor(s). First supervisor has to be from TUT.
     

The Thesis project is not accepted/allowed to the seminar if it is not in accordance with the project requirements.
 

Passing the Thesis Seminar I

Thesis seminar I will take place at the end of October / at the beginning of November, 2020
Dates and registration to the seminar will be available in Moodle:

 

 

The members of the defence committee decide whether:

1. submitted thesis project is in accordance with the requirements and does not contain major problems (grade - passed). Student is not invited to the seminar I
 

2. submitted thesis project contains significant problems. The committee members indicate the problems and invite the student to attend the seminar, to get the consultation and feedback from the committee (grade - passed after the successful presentation at the seminar)
 

3. submitted thesis project does not comply with the requirements. The thesis project is rejected (grade - failed)

 


At the thesis seminar (if he/she has been invited to attend) student has to present his/her thesis project (5-10 min).
The committee gives an oral feedback to the student at the seminar. The committee may allow a student to resubmit the thesis project in 3-5 days with requested amendments and supplements.
Completed project has to be submitted through Moodle:

Thesis seminar I is not completed if a student has not submitted the project by assigned deadline.

The results of the seminar (pass/fail) will be published in Moodle (not later than 10 working days after the thesis seminar I).

Only for those students who have already passed the seminar I in previous academic year (the result is valid) / students who have failed thesis seminar II / whose submitted thesis was not allowed to the defence

November 16, 2020 - submission of thesis versions for those who are planning to graduate in January 2021.
Please submit your thesis version in PDF/word-format, through Moodle.


Requirements for submitted theses:

  • At least 75% of the thesis work has to be completed (please notice that the required amount of the words in your final thesis consist also the footnote words)
  • Topic of the thesis has to show the connection with a legal question
  • Structure of the thesis has to be rational and meet requirements for the research work
  • Hypothesis and/or research question(s) have to be clear and in clear connection with the thesis topic and the content of the work
  • Research methods have to meet the requirements of scientific research, including the methods of data processing
  • Sources must be academic and relevant, in case of bachelor thesis at least 20 sources from peer-reviewed journals or internationally recognised publisher, in case of master thesis - at least 30
  • Sources have to be in logical connection with author's arguments
  • Analysis, discussion, reflection of the results, conclusions, etc. have to be based on the hypothesis and/or research question and have to be logical and relevant
  • Formatting and citing have to be according to the rules provided by Tallinn Law School, guidelines for the theses
  • Thesis work has to be written in a correct grammar and legal language

The thesis version is not accepted to the thesis seminar II if it does not comply with the requirements.
The list of the students who are allowed to the thesis seminar II will be published in Moodle.
 

Passing the Thesis Seminar II

Only for those students who have already passed the seminar I in previous academic year (the result is valid) / students who have failed thesis seminar II / whose submitted thesis was not allowed to the defence

November/December 2020 (dates will be specified) - Thesis Seminar II

Schedule of the thesis seminars will be published in Moodle before the seminar.

The members of the defence committee decide whether:

1. submitted thesis version is sufficiently complete 75% of the final thesis, is in accordance with the requirements and does not contain major problems (grade - passed). Student is not invited to the seminar II
 

2. submitted thesis version contains significant problems, although the requirement of 75% is fulfilled. The committee members indicate the problems and invite the student to attend the seminar, to get the consultation and feedback from the committee (grade - passed after the successful presentation at the seminar)
 

3. submitted thesis version does not qualify, as the length and quality clearly do not comply with the requirements. The thesis version is rejected and the student has to approach his/her supervisor to have new work plan (grade - failed)
 

At the thesis seminar II (if he/she has been invited to attend), student has to present the key elements and conclusions of the work (10-15 min.).
The committee gives an oral feedback to the student at the seminar.

Thesis seminar II is not completed if the committee find the thesis version not being in accordance to the requirements.

The results of the seminar (pass/fail) will be published in Moodle.

Rules for thesis defense

Starting from academic year 2010/2011 all graduating students must follow these steps in order to defend their theses. Both thesis seminars are prerequisites for a thesis defense.Thesis Seminar I is offered only in fall semester, while thesis seminar II is offered in spring semester.

NB! Only those students who have already passed the seminar I in previous academic year (the result is valid) and students who failed thesis seminar II or whose submitted thesis was not allowed to a defense, have a possibility to pass it again in fall semester and defend their thesis in January.

The results of the thesis seminar I and II are valid for 2 academic years.

 

Submission of final Thesis

December 14, 2020 - registration of Thesis topic in OIS

January 4, 2021 - submission of signed Thesis to the committee

January 12 - 20, 2021 (exact dates will be specified) - Theses Defences

Registration of the final thesis in Study Information System

Bachelor - Log-in to ÕIS > Applications > Submission of application > Type of application > Defence of graduation thesis > Save
Master - Log-in to ÕIS > Applications > Submission of application > Type of application > Defence of graduation thesis > Save.

The thesis title has to be correctly written down in OIS (in English and in Estonian)
which will be in your diploma.
You should not use capital letters and copy-paste method.

The thesis must be submitted to the Law School (Kaja Kattel, room SOC-334 or Archil Chochia, room SOC-328 or Jelena Sõrmus, room SOC-329, at 17:00 at the latest):

  • one hard-cover printed copy
  • one electronic copy (in PDF format) submitted through Moodle.
    Non-exclusive licence must be added as appendix to the thesis. Please see the Requirements for Student Papers at School of Business and Governance (page 42).  
    In case of closed defense and restricted access of the thesis, followed after respective decision made on the basis of reasoned defendant's application, a student has to submit summary (in addition to the bound page) on separate page (in PDF format).

 

Printed version of the thesis must include the supervisor's and the student's signature. The supervisor must not sign the thesis unless he or she is certain that it is of the required quality. The prerequisite for acceptance of the thesis is the successful completion of both Thesis Seminars.

Supervisor's evaluation must be forwarded to the department of law at least 3 workdays prior to the defense.
 

 

Accepting for Defense

The Defense Committee will decide which theses will be allowed to be defended, the information will be published in Moodle.

Student has to take new thesis topic, if previously his/her thesis topic has not been allowed to the defenses two times.

Please note that serious breaches of academic honesty may result in ex-matriculation from the university, therefore please be extra careful with use of sources, citations, etc.
 

Theses Defence

Thesis defence begins with an oral presentation by the student using tools are required to visualise his/her presentation (PowerPoint recommended).

The presentation lasts 8 to 10 minutes in case of Bachelor’s defense and 10 to 15 minutes in case of Master’s thesis.
 

The presentation will be followed by the questions of the second reader (presented by the member of the defense committee in case the second reader is not present) and by the questions of the defense committee members and by audience participants.