Stockholm University, Faculty of Law

Introduction

Stockholm University is one of Sweden's largest institutions of higher education, offering education and research at the highest level. All our Master's Degree programmes are held in English and are structured according to the Bologna process for international comparability and compatibility.


Education within the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University provides students with a broad range of skills and also enables them to choose from a wide range of career paths upon completion of the chosen field of study. According to an external review from 2010, the Faculty of Law at Stockholm University is considered to be a leading research institution in Sweden in all the areas covered by the Master programmes and is internationally renowned for work in these fields.


The Faculty of Law at Stockholm University is the largest law school in Sweden, with approximately 4.000 students. In addition, more than 250 foreign students come to study law every year, as either postgraduate students or undergraduate students within the Socrates/Erasmus Programme or other bilateral exchange programmes.

Location

First national city park

The University is situated in the middle of the first national city park in the world and is characterised by natural beauty, unique architecture and contemporary art and sculpture. The University is located only ten minutes from the urban buzz of the city with people, music, fashion, architecture, culture. 

Education - The Law Programme

The law programme of four-and-a-half years leading to the Swedish Master of Laws Degree (Juristexamen) is the standard law programme in Sweden. The Law Programme is entirely taught in Swedish. The degree is required for professions such as that of a judge, attorney at law and prosecutor.

The law programme at Stockholm University is a comprehensive law course. The Faculty is the only one in the country that has the professorships in Law and Information Technology and in European Integration Law – and both subjects are compulsory. Apart from the law programme, the Faculty of Law offers a two-year course leading to a Diploma in Law, essentially corresponding to the first part of the full law programme for students who were admitted to the law school no later than 1 July 2007.

The Faculty is furthermore collaborating with departments within other faculties at Stockholm University and the range of courses has attracted students from the faculties of humanities, natural and social sciences.

A considerable part of teaching is carried out in the form of seminars and classes of not more than 35 students. This encourages the students to take an active part in the classroom activities. Most subjects also include some practical elements, such as a short essay or simulated proceedings (moot court) conducted in an authentically furnished moot court room. The two computer rooms possessed by the Faculty are in frequent use, where information on Swedish and European cases, legislation and literature can easily be accessed.

We are currently offering five one-year Master programmes.They are all open to foreign visiting students with an university diploma in laws or an equivalent foreign law degree of at least 120 (180 ECTS) credit points (a three-year-degree).

Master of Laws (LL.M) (60 credits) in Environmental Law
Master of Laws (LL.M) (60 credits) in European Intellectual Property Law
Master of Laws (LL.M) (60 credits) in European Law
Master of Laws (LL.M) (60 credits) in International Commercial Arbitration Law
Master of Laws (LL.M) (60 credits) in Law and Information Technology

The academic year

Each academic year is divided into two terms (the autumn and the spring term).
Find the starting and closing dates of each term below:

Autumn 2010:     August 30, 2010 - January 16, 2011
Spring 2011:     January 17, 2011 - June 5, 2011

Autumn 2011:     August 29, 2011 - January 15, 2012
Spring 2012:     January 16, 2012 - June 3, 2012

Classes are normally scheduled throughout the term without any break between the autumn and the spring term. There is traditionally a one-two week holiday around christmas and new year.


Grading system

60 Swedish credits represent a full academic year. 1,5 point equals one week of full-time study. In the following 15 ECTS accordingly means 10 weeks.


The grading system, ranked from the highest to the lowest grade attainable:

1. A Excellent
2. B Very good
3. C Good
4. D Satisfactory
5. E Sufficient
6. FX Fail
7. F Fail


Student visa and residence permit

Depending on their citizenship, some students may have to apply for a visa. Students from the Scandinavian and European Union countries do not need a visa.


Nordic citizens do not need a residence permit. EU citizens do not need a residence permit in advance, but have to apply for one within the first three months of their stay in Sweden. Citizens from any other country must have a residence permit for studies stamped in their passport before entering Sweden. Please apply for a residence permit at the Swedish Embassy/Consulate in your home country as soon as the letter of admission is received. Please see www.migrationsverket.se for further information.


It is the student's responsibility to obtain the necessary information about visas and residence permits.


Fees

No tuition fees will be charged for the programme for the academic year 2010/2011.

For students coming from outside the EU/EEA/Switzerland, application and tuition fees will apply from the autumn semester 2011. There are some exceptions to this general rule. Higher education in Sweden is free for students coming from the European Union (EU), the European Economic Area (EEA) and Switzerland, so these students do not need to pay the application fee nor tuition fees. Students that have already commenced their studies before this period will not be required to pay fees. Likewise, exchange students are also exempted from fees.

The Faculty of Law provides no assistance in finding suitable scholarships for applicants. Neither does the Faculty offer scholarships for successful applicants.


Accommodation

Stockholm University usually provides student accommodation. Since accommodation in Stockholm is currently scarce, priority is given to students on the basis of bilateral agreements with the Faculty of Law. The Faculty of Law can not assist the students on master programmes in finding accommodation.

Programmes

This school also offers: