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The University of Helsinki was founded in 1640. Established as a more traditional educational institution, the pace of study is usually left up to the individual and there is an emphasis on the student's own initiative and individual work.
Finland has a long and deeply-rooted Nordic legal tradition, and a great awareness of the importance of a just and effective international legal order. The study and teaching of international law are firmly established in Finland, together with the interest of contributing to the progressive development of the field.
Fall: Early September – Mid December
Spring: Early January – Early May
Please see Helsinki's calendar of events for more information.
The languages of instruction at the University of Helsinki are Finnish and Swedish, with many courses also taught in English. Please see course information below for specific courses taught in English.
Students will receive up to 12 credits towards their law degree. Only the credits and not the grades will transfer per ABA requirements. The acceptance of any credit or grade for any courses taken at the University of Helsinki, including externships and other clinical offerings, is subject to determination by the WCL, Office of the Registrar.
The Faculty of Law at the University consists of three departments: the Department of Public Law, the Department of Private Law, and the Department of Criminal Law, Judicial Procedure and General Jurisprudential Studies. The following is a selection of courses offered in English. A more complete list is available on the University's Courses in English web page.
- Introduction to the Finnish legal system and dimensions of law
- The UN system and the promotion of human rights
- The law of treaties
- Towards a new international criminal justice - from Nuremberg to the Hague
- The law of international organizations
- European company and commercial law
- WTO dispute settlement system
- Introduction to Finnish corporate law
- European tax law
- Introducing the European Union law
- EC law: Introduction to the internal market law
- Means of environmental control and natural resources
For general questions and concerns please visit the Semester Exchange FAQ page.
All other questions and concerns should be directed to:
Office of Global Opportunities
American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Suite Y360
Washington, DC, 20016 USA
Telephone: (202) 274-4177
Fax: (202) 274-4005
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