University of HelsinkiThe University of Helsinki is considered by many to be one of the best research universities in the world. The university, with almost 4,000 researchers and teachers, operates on four campuses in Helsinki and at 17 other locations. There are 35,000 students, and an additional 30,000 participate in adult education.
Founded in 1640, the University of Helsinki has a stated goal of "strengthening its position among the world's leading multidisciplinary research universities and actively promoting the well-being of humanity and a fair society."
The law school
The Faculty of Law at the University of Helsinki is considered to be the leading provider of legal education in Finland. The university is focused on providing the necessary national and international legal expertise to its graduates.
The Faculty of Law in Helsinki currently comprises nearly 40 professors,along with approximately 30 other university lecturers and research assistants. There are more than 2,500 law students attending the University of Helsinki. On average, 240 students graduate each year, about half of whom are women.
Signifying the recent emergence of international law, the number of graduate students has been steadily increasing rapidly and currently consists of more than 400. The faculty also hosts an increasing number of international students, mainly due to the Erasmus exchange programs.
Applications are accepted from applicants who have completed a Finnish Bachelor of Laws degree, an equivalent Bachelor’s degree in law at a foreign university or another Bachelor’s degree which indicates that the applicant possesses the knowledge and skills necessary to pursue Master’s studies in law. Applications are also accepted from persons who have completed studies equivalent to a Bachelor of Laws degree (180 credits) in a country where separate Bachelor’s degrees are not awarded. Students who are about to complete one of the above degrees in time to present their diploma upon enrollment may also apply.
The Faculty of Law will launch an International Master's Degree Program in International Business Law and Public International Law (MICL) in the autumn of 2011. The program is a two-year full time graduate programme taught in English and is aimed at applicants who have their Bachelor's degree in law or in related field. Students select either International Business Law or Public International Law for their specialization.