The Information Technology Law programme is driven by the high demand for IT Law specialists in the private and public sector worldwide as well as by the ambitions of Estonia as a tech-savvy country and a forerunner in innovative digital initiatives.
Designed for lawyers interested in pursuing careers in information technology and cyber security, the programme trains highly qualified IT Law experts much needed at law firms, IT companies, public agencies, international organisations, and consulting firms.
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Student who completes the programme:
The courses take place from Thursday to Saturday.
The following structure of the programme applies to the current academic year. To view the most updated version, please visit the University of Tartu Study Information System and choose the next academic year (if available).
Graduates of the programme are information technology law specialists equipped with the necessary skills to successfully engage and excel in the process of legislative drafting and conduct both analytical and expert work in matters related to ICT. This is achieved particularly thanks to a strong emphasis on:
The rapidly increasing importance and ubiquity of ICTs has created a concurrent need for lawyers adept at relevant technical matters in
4-year bachelor's degree or equivalent qualification of 240 ECTS in Law (must be obtained by the end of July); applicants with a 3-year bachelor's degree in Law (180 ECTS) must have a master's degree in Law to qualify – please see our country-specific document requirements.
English language proficiency – please see our acceptable tests and exempt categories.
NB! Citizens of the Russian Federation who, under the legislation of the Republic of Estonia, cannot apply for a long-stay visa or residence permit to study or do not have a valid legal basis to stay in the Republic of Estonia until the end of the curriculum’s standard period of study are not eligible to apply to the University of Tartu in the 2024/2025 academic year.
According to the current legislation, citizens of Belarus can apply for Estonian long-term visa or temporary residence permit for studies and are therefore eligible to apply to the University of Tartu.
the score of the motivation letter (yields 50% of the final score)
the admission interview (yields 50% of the final score)
Motivation Letter (in English, 4500-5000 characters with spaces) is a part of the online application form. Guidelines and evaluation criteria for the motivation letter are also included in the online application form.
We strongly advise you to familiarise yourself with the contents of the IT law programme before writing the motivation letter. With this in mind, please address the following questions in the letter:
The letter will be evaluated on the basis of the following criteria:
The maximum score for motivation letter is 100 points and the result is positive only if the applicant gains 51 points or more.
Applicants who received a positive score (at least 51 points) for the motivation letter will be invited to take part in admission interview.
Admission interviews take place on:
April 13, 2023
April 14, 2023
April 21, 2023
The School of Law preserves the right to make changes in these dates.
The interview is designed to determine the applicant's readiness for continuous learning, professional development, and aptitude to work in the field of IT law.
The applicant will be evaluated according to the following criteria:
The duration of the interview is 20 minutes and it is conducted in English via Zoom. The interviews will be scheduled in cooperation with qualifying candidates when the motivation letters have been evaluated.
For the interview via Zoom the applicant needs the following:
A computer or smart device.
In addition, the computer or smart device must have a web camera, earphones and microphone (built-in or separate).
As the applicant must be visually identified at the interview, the use of the web camera is mandatory, not recommended.
The internet connection with a speed of at least 1 Mb/s (upload/download) is recommended for the video call.
At the online interview:
NB! The School of Law preserves the right to make changes to the conferencing programme to be used for the interviews. All applicants invited to the interview will be notified with accurate instructions.
For each assignment, the maximum score is 100 points and minimum positive score 51 points. Only the candidates who receive at least 51 points from the motivation letter, will be invited to the interview. After the interview, the final admission score is calculated.
The application will be considered for admission if a score of 66 points or higher is achieved. For further information on assessing candidates´ academic performance and calculating admissions´ score see here.
The following information applies to international students and Estonian students who graduated abroad:
Application system opens on 2 January and closes on 15 March. The following electronic documents must be submitted via DreamApply by 15 March:
Submitted applications can not be edited. It is only possible to upload new documents (e.g. graduation certificates). Applicants will receive feedback and notifications through the DreamApply system to their e-mail. Incomplete applications or those submitted by e-mail will not be considered for admission.
The evaluation of applications will be made based on the electronic copies added to DreamApply. A general ranking list will be formed based on the electronically submitted applications and admission results (including offers) will be announced to all applicants personally via DreamApply by April 30 at the latest. Admitted candidates are expected to accept or decline the offer in DreamApply in 7 days. If the decision is not communicated to UT via DreamApply by the stipulated deadline, UT reserves the right to withdraw the admission offer.
NB! It is not possible to postpone the beginning of studies to the next academic year.
Terms and conditions of the admission offer
Admission offers are conditional. This means that there are conditions in the offer which the applicant needs to fulfil in order to be admitted (e.g. sending application documents by post; obtaining the required level of education). If the conditions are not met, UT has the right to withdraw the offer. Also, UT reserves the right to withdraw or amend any offer or revoke the matriculation of a student, if it becomes evident that the application contains fraudulent information, the qualification does not provide access to the chosen study programme or the student is found to have omitted key information from the application. Should such circumstances occur, UT will not be liable for any material or immaterial loss which the student may suffer as a result.
Once the admission results have been announced, all admitted students are required to send the application documents by post to: Student Admissions, University of Tartu, Ülikooli 18-133, Tartu 50090, ESTONIA.
The documents are expected to be mailed only by those receiving the admission offer (unless instructed otherwise by the admissions staff). The documents must reach the university within 3 weeks from the announcement of the offer. If the application documents do not reach us by the deadline, the university has the right to withdraw the admission offer. Applicants will be informed when their documents have arrived.
Requirements for educational documents
All copies of educational documents (diplomas and Diploma Supplements/transcripts) must be officially certified. By certified we mean that the copies should bear an original signature and seal of the authority certifying that these are true copies of the original document(s). The copies can be certified either 1) by an authorised official of the issuing institution, or 2) by a notary, or 3) with an Apostille attached. NB! Country-specific requirements may also specify the way documents from certain countries must be certified.
Please note that UT does not accept simple copies made on the basis of already certified copies (primary copies are needed).
All admitted students are required to present their original qualification certificates upon arrival (unless these were sent directly from the issuing institution).
Paying the tuition fee (applicable to those receiving a fee-based study place offer)
The official admission letter will be sent to admitted students electronically via DreamApply only after the admissions office has received and reviewed hard copies of the application documents, and received the tuition fee pre-payment (if a pre-payment was required, please see step 3 for more details).
NB! The electronic admission letter is also sufficient for non-EU students for applying for visa at an Estonian embassy.
Once the admission letter is issued, accepted students may proceed further with arranging their arrival. All non-EU students should first consult information on the process of visa and temporary residence permit application to be sure, as where and when the relevant documents need to be applied. Note that housing at the UT dormitories can be applied during a limited period of time, unless specified otherwise on the website.
NB! Admitted students who are not citizens of an EU or EEA country or Switzerland need to make sure they obtain the Estonian long-term visa on time in order to be able to participate in the orientation programme for international students held in the last week of August. They are also required to visit the Admissions Office in person to complete their arrival registration by September 2, 2024, at the latest. Failure to do so will result in the revocation of their admission decision and visa.
Based upon common queries, the most important information has been summarised into a pre-arrival information website UT Getting Started.