Koç Law School Alumni
Harvard Law School LLM Student
When I take a look at the education I received at Koc University Law School for the past four years, I undoubtedly believe that I have received the best legal education in Turkey. The impressions I got from friends enrolled at other distinguished law schools in Istanbul and across Turkey convinced me that Koc University Law School stood out among its peers, especially in the following areas: (i) various opportunities allowing close cooperation between students and professors who are all distinguished figures in their areas of study, and especially the work-study program; (ii) official ties with institutions and law faculties aboard; (iii) many opportunities for completing a double major and/or minor program; and finally (iv) the intensive curriculum, which aims to acquaint students not only with Turkish but also with English legal terminology.
During the summer of my freshman year, in order to avail myself of the many opportunities provided at institutions abroad, I was granted a scholarship from Koc University Law School to attend a summer school in Lisbon organized by Law Schools Global League – an association of global scale and prestige, of which our Law Faculty is a member. For the past two and a half years I have been assisting Associate Professor of International Law, Dr. Basak Cali as part of the work-study program as a student research assistant. Apart from this, owing to the close cooperation between our Law Faculty and Oxford University Press, I am involved in the Oxford Human Rights Law Reporters scheme as a reporter and work as part of a team analyzing communications handed down by the United Nations Human Rights Treaty Bodies. In addition, thanks to the University’s liberal policy, I pursue a minor program in international relations.
Following my undergraduate degree, starting in August 2016, I will be pursuing an LL.M. at Harvard Law School as a Fulbrighter.
I believe that the University’s academic environment enabling close student-teacher contact and the numerous opportunities provided by the Law Faculty have all contributed greatly to my intellectual and academic development and I therefore encourage everyone wishing to study law in Turkey to sincerely consider Koc University a serious option.
The LLM program in Koç University has been the most thought-provoking personal and professional experience I ever had. I chose to apply here for an LLM in Public Law because of wide-reaching reputation. Koç University was the ideal institution for my postgraduate studies because it constantly adapts its academic approach. Moreover, the Law School has an excellent research center for public international law (Global Center for Public Law), a multicultural community, and flexible curricula to encourage engagement in extracurricular academic activities. During my LLM program I conducted research for my thesis project with Associate Professor Başak Çalı who provided an excellent guidance throughout this long writing process. The Law School offers a curriculum thought by distinguished faculty members from whom I had the chance to take classes (Professor Bertil Emrah Oder, Assistant Professor Murat Önok, Assistant Professor Zeynep Ayata, Assistant Professor Burak Oder, and Professor Billur Yaltı) and from visiting professors WTO Appellate Body Member Peter Van den Bossche and London barrister Can Yeğinsu, etc. The program is extremely challenging because of its distinguished faculty and academic environment. Yet, it is an enriching experience especially professionally because the Law School professors challenge the students with the presence of visiting professors for all the LLM classes such as Professor in European Criminal Law at Utrecht University School of Law, Dr. John Vervaele, Associate Professor at University of Oslo Faculty of Law, Malcolm Langford, and Associate Professor in International Human Rights Law at the University of Oxford Dr Nazila Ghanea, to foster interaction between their students and foreign professors, etc.
The Law School opportunities are generous. As my focus during the LLM studies was international human rights law, I had the chance to develop my knowledge by participating to a number of significant activities: United Nations Certificate Program, UN Study visit, ESIL Research Forum, and International Students Symposium on Law and Global Issues, and weekly seminars held by the distinguished scholars and visiting professors. Overall, the program has far exceeded my expectations because it equipped me with academic skills, such as legal reasoning, research skills, writing skills, communications skills and developed me, as an individual.