School of Law is one of the four oldest faculties of the University of Tartu (UT), where lawyers have been educated ever since the university was founded in 1632. Read more about the history of School of Law.
As the only university in Estonia liable for teaching and developing teaching activities in the field of law, our mission is to ensure the training of highly qualified lawyers and to make sure that research and development is undertaken in all areas of Estonian law.
School of Law is the nr 1 law school in Estonia and in the Baltic States (rated 251-300 in QS World University Rankings by Subject 2018).
We teach law at all levels of higher education. In 2002, School of Law merged with the Law Institute in Tallinn. Since then, we offer BA and MA programmes both in Tartu and in Tallinn. Our doctoral studies take place in Tartu. University of Tartu is the only university in Estonia which awards doctorates in law.
In 2016, the structure of the university was reorganized, with the School of Law becoming part of the Faculty of Social Sciences along with seven other structural units.
School of Law incorporates the bulk of Estonia’s legal research potential and actively participates in shaping Estonia’s legal policy. Our academic staff has published many articles important for the development of Estonia’s statehood and legal doctrine, more than a hundred legal monographs, textbooks and teaching aids.
School of Law also publishes the only Estonian law journal Juridica and its English edition Juridica International which introduces Estonian legal order and development of legal thought to foreign readers.
We cooperate closely with the Ministry of Justice, Estonian Bar Association, The Prosecutor’s Office, Estonian Chamber of Notaries, Supreme Court of Estonia, Estonian Laywer’s Association, Office of the Chancellor of Justice, Estonian Association of Judges, Estonian Academic Society of Law and other legal institutions.
In addition, School of Law has many collaboration contacts with research centres and law faculties in other countries which allows our students and academic staff to study, teach and carry out reasearch at universities across the globe. Read more about our international cooperation activities.
In our teaching, we value both research based knowledge and practical skills. For example, we run a Students’ Legal Clinic, where our students give legal advice to their first clients. In addition, there is a long and successful tradition of our law students’ participation in Estonian and international moot court competitions (Telders International Law Moot Court, Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court, the European Law Moot Court, Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court etc).
Our alumni constitute most of Estonia’s top legal professionals. Around 90% of Estonia's judges, prosecuters and attorneys have graduated from the School of Law. Estonian current Chancellor of Justice Ülle Madise, Minister of Justice Urmas Reinsalu, Attorney-General Lavly Perling, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Priit Pikamäe and Head of the Bar Association Hannes Vallikivi are all graduates of School of Law.