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    Full time available

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  • Course Duration

    2 academic years

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  • Course Fees

    Free for citizens of EU/EEA countries or Switzerland.

    For other countries, please visit website for details.

  • Last Updated

    15 October 2019

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. 

Become an expert in the legal challenges of digitalisation!

The Programme offers its students a unique combination of private and public law and multidisciplinary perspectives. Skills in legal analysis, critical thinking, research and writing is what distinguishes excellent lawyers and legal scholars.

We use interactive study methods and emphasise teaching in small groups. 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.


Research-based teaching

Faculty of Law has four focal areas of research:

  • Law, Information, and Technology
  • Changing Economy Regulation
  • Rights, Democracy, and Constitutionalism
  • Law, Society, and Power

Law and Information Society Programme crosscuts all these themes and all our teaching is based on research. The Faculty of Law has several externally funded research projects in the areas of the LIS Programme and Digital Futures is also one of the six strategic research themes of University of Turku More information on Faculty of Law Research.


Faculty of Law has a close co-operation with the other units teaching law in Turku. Three units from two universities teach law together under a co-operation called Turku Law School (TLS). Law and Information Society Programme students can study the TLS studies as a part of their degree.

In the LIS 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 Traineeship Programme.


Competence Description

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
  • to comprehend how human rights, such as freedom of expression, privacy and data protection, are guaranteed in the digital society of today
  • to apply recent research to the legal problems of the information society

Job Options

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).

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 following positions:

  • a legal counsel in a tech company
  • an expert in an international organization
  • 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 internhsip after graduation. Please see the website for further information.

Career in Research

The Programme offers a solid basis for doctoral training in 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.

Visit the MDP in Law and Information Society page on the University of Turku website for more details!





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