Prof. Dr. Bertil Emrah Oder
Koç University Law School was inaugurated in 2003. Yet, it quickly became an internationally reputable institution in legal education and research. This success is truly deserved. Our education policy is grounded on the unity of teaching and research. Our highly esteemed scholarly and professional team is the main source of cutting-edge legal education and research at the Law School. Since the opportunity to gain fundamental and new knowledge from a body of competent research scholars and practitioners meets our students’ high potential and desire for self-improvement, classes transform into a professional learning experience. This experience is consolidated by “innovative legal teaching” and “peer support” initiatives run in cooperation with our Learning and Teaching Center. Evocable and interrelated learning is our priority in teaching. As an indispensable part of our institutional culture, regular academic discussions and administrative surveys aim at raising the quality of legal education and complying with high standards at national and international scale.
Our curriculum incorporates both established areas of legal education and liberal arts. In the legal domain, we offer foundation courses of public law and private law as to include some of the compulsory subjects in English with international and comparative content. Furthermore, our electives cover an extensive variety of niche and emerging areas of legal profession that our students can focus on. In relation to core program, students can choose among seven foundational areas of their preferences. Our core program establishes a comprehensive foundation from humanities to science courses. Accordingly, our students develop analytical and critical thinking skills grounded on ethical values that form the backbone of high quality legal education.
From the view point of internalized learning, we believe that legal education should not be purely curriculum-oriented. Therefore, we value co-curricular activities, by way of which the students are able to take part in national and international projects led by our scholars and have work-study positions. Students also participate in programs based on innovative learning awards, case-law groups, introductory seminars on the university life and the legal profession, certificate programs, and summer schools offered on the basis of our international cooperation agreements. They publish the law journal JUSTITIA at FIDES. Our graduates are equipped with unique and noticeable skills with the help of co-curricular activities and prepared for leading positions in legal profession and in public or private sector.
Institutional recognition based on academic achievements is one of our prominent values. We have created this institutional value through numerous leading publications, awards, honorific elections, and projects supported by national and international research funds, such as TÜBİTAK, NEWTON and BAGEP. Our research centers, Dr. Nüsret-Semahat Arsel International Business Law Implementation and Research Center (NASAMER) and the Center for Global Public Law (KÜREMER), work effectively with contributions of research groups and clusters established by the scholars, post-docs and graduate students.
The Law School and the centers organize approximately forty research events each year. These events transform into qualified national and international publications. Our research collaborations with globally acclaimed research institutions and associations are testament to our extended studies in comparative and international law. Our team includes also prominent lawyers, who shape legal practice with their earnestness and experience. The sole benchmark for our diligence in selecting our academic team is research and teaching quality.
We are very pleased to observe that Koç University Law School has consolidated the position it rightfully gained in the national and international arena. We will work vigorously to maintain this value by firmly believing in the prominence of law for societal development and fairness.