As our educational responsibility in the Finnish university establishment, we conduct research in all central fields of law, including public law, private law, criminal law and procedural law. Our research carries out the research strategy of our university, while also emphasising themes that are characteristic to contemporary legal regulation.
Of the university's four strategic foci in research, our faculty contributes particularly to the research of sustainable development, law and justice. We strive to generate knowledge on the future options available in the Arctic and North regarding sustainable cultural, social, economic and ecological development. We pay special attention to the legal themes relating to indigenous peoples and their changing operational environments.
Our research priorities include
- legal cultures
- legal informatics
- legal protection in the extended sense
- environmental and natural resource law
- welfare law
In the area of legal cultures our research emphasises the significance of comparative law research and themes of legal linguistics. In contrast, our research of legal protection focuses on the different ways to administer justice in administration, general courts, appellate bodies, and insolvency proceedings, for example. Further, the themes of environmental and natural resource law research focus on the different dimensions of sustainable development. Finally, our research of welfare law addresses the overall effects of all sets of norms that an individual is subject to in his or her lifetime and their legal dimensions at different phases of life, particularly from the point of view of social rights.
At our faculty you can pursue the Licentiate of Laws and Doctor of Laws degrees. You can decide whether to take postgraduate studies on a part-time or a full-time basis.
A large part of the studies is comprised of independent work, in other words, writing your licentiate thesis or doctoral dissertation. The targeted completion time of the studies, if undertaken on a full-time basis, is four years for the doctoral degree and two years for the licentiate degree.
Full-time postgraduate students are either employed by our faculty as researchers or fund their studies with independently acquired grants. Full-time students often aim directly for the doctoral degree and pursue an academic career after graduation.
POSTGRADUATE DEGREE REQUIREMENTS 2018-2019.pdf
Part-time studying is a popular option among practicing lawyers who wish
to acquire further qualifications. In this case, the postgraduate
studies not only enhance the students' professional expertise but also
support the knowledge exchange between legal research and practice.
Please get in touch with the administrative manager at our faculty if you are interested in taking postgraduate studies in law.
Make your research plan
Make your personal study plan
Your application should be appended with a personal study plan. When making your plan, comply with the requirements of the doctoral programme under consideration. In each programme, you can take courses from the Graduate School's offer and from other programmes.
If you have already agreed on supervising, complete the supervising agreement.
To the online application system
Application periods in academic year 2018–2019:
- in autumn 3 September to 23 October 2018 by 15:00 and
- in spring from 1 March to 16 April 2019 by 15:00.
The dates and times are local Finnish time. If your application is successful, your study right begins either on 1 January or 1 August, depending on whether you applied in autumn or spring. It is possible to grant the study right at other times, but we require strong grounds – such as significant research funding requiring a doctoral study right – for making such an exception. Your study right application is addressed to the faculty relevant to your research.