In today’s world, where there is a growing need to adopt legal approaches to cope with local as well as global issues, resolving legal controversies require a multi-dimensional perspective based on a conception of different legal disciplines; hence, the lawyer profile who is able to add to the development of society, economy, politics and the legal profession has been changing. With this respect, Koç University Institute of Social Sciences targets to contribute to the molding of this new lawyer profile, with an understanding based on reliable academic research, as well as practicing experience. We also offer non-thesis programs as well as thesis programs. The program with thesis is composed of 3 core courses followed by 4 elective courses and is concluded with a thesis. The non-thesis program is composed of 10 courses and a final paper.
About LLM Program
Fundamental characteristics of the Koç University LL.M. Programs of Public Law, which has been established in conformity with the legislation of higher education, are as follows:
Worldwide reputed professors (and lecturers), who are distinguished as to their publications, research, and practice of the legal profession.
Up-to-date courses structured on well-established and absorbed legal knowledge.
Research and learning of different legal disciplines based on multi-dimensional perspectives.
An atmosphere stimulating academic and vocational progress, whereby legal issues comprising comparative and international aspects are thoroughly examined.
An integrated program with workshops, seminars, and other activities parallel to the curriculum.
Various options devoted to candidates with high competence in scientific research and to those who would like to differentiate from others in the legal profession.
Regular and effective academic consultancy.
Advanced research opportunities with regard to academic publications and instructions in particular, provided by Suna Kıraç Library.
The privilege of being part of a qualified group of graduate students, elected through adopting effective scaling and evaluation criteria.
Academic collaboration with the leading law schools abroad.
Who Should Apply?
Applicants must have an undergraduate degree in law.
Students must attend the program on campus. We do not offer distance learning.
From Our Graduates
"I have been working on subjects of legal value for 35 years of my career; however, it was Koç University Law School which has helped me understand the essence and soul of the Law and the concept of Justice, which I believe to be the foundation of everything. For that, I give my thanks to the Koç University Law Faculty, Dean Prof. Dr. Bertil Emrah Oder, all my professors, faculty members, and young lawyers I have been working together with.
I would recommend the LLM Programme of Koç University Law School to anyone who wants to improve themselves, regardless of their age and level. The LLM Programme has made me realize, again, in the autumn of my life, that learning is a pleasure and inspired my academic studies, made me contemplate on the Rule of Law, which is an institution necessary for the well-being of my country.
I would never imagine that reading the US Constitution or keeping up with modern Turkish Constitutional Court or Court of Administration judgment would be this exciting."
Public Law LLM Graduate
Use the online application to apply. In general, applicants are responsible for submitting the following:
The evaluation will be pursued, grounded upon the undergraduate GPA, as well as the oral exam score of the candidate.
A minimum 2.50 GPA is required.
We strongly encourage applicants to submit a scanned image of the transcript at the time of application, which can speed processing; however, a final, official transcript will be required of all admitted students during registration. Applicants who have attended international institutions must submit transcripts or certified attestations of study, with certified English translations. Once translated, the original transcript and the certified translations are to be sent to the Graduate School admission office.
All native applicants and international applicants whose native language is not English must ensure that the Graduate School receives their official score from the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
Language Proficiency Information/Minimum Scores
TOEFL (IBT): 80/120
YDS: 87 (For Turkish Applicants, please click for more information)
Equivalent test scores from The Council of Higher Education Foreign Language Examination (YÖKDİL) will also be accepted for applications made in accordance with these additional terms.
Required Courses: LL.M. Program in Public Law
Comparative Constitutional Law: Rights, Institutions and Judicial Review
European Human Rights Law
Transnational and European Criminal Law and Procedure
Common Elective Courses
Global Competition Law
International Transport Law
Capital Market Law
International Tax Law
World Trade Organization (WTO) Law and Trade
Public Procurement Law
United Nations (UN) Human Rights Protection System
International Financial Institutions and Development Law
Public-Private Partnership: Legal Infrastructure
The Program Fee is 76.500 TL. (2020/21)
Non-Thesis Program: The fee covers 10 courses and two-semesters of education. If there is a need for an extension, there will be no additional charges for the 3rd semester.
Koç University graduates receive a 25% discount.
Admitted students may receive a partial or full scholarship based on academic merit.
Scholarships are determined by the admission jury and are limited.
The first half of the tuition is paid at the beginning of the Fall semester upon enrollment and the second half is paid at the beginning of the Spring semester.
The tuition fees do not cover other costs such as food, dormitory accommodation, books, or transportation.