Law is a social science that arises from the need for order of people living in a society. Law has come to life in different ways since the earliest times and aims to ensure a fair social order. The discipline is constantly changing and transforming. The everlasting and evolving feature of law should be taken into account in the design of legal curriculum.
Ibn Haldun University School of Law is a faculty that applies, besides classical education, interactive and comparative education methods by using innovative ways and reach to opportunities provided by technology. With actively involved small student groups, our school of law’s educational understanding enables students to access rich resources even prior to the courses, encourages them to do research with a critical perspective and thus plants the research spirit in the undergraduate level. The school of law, thanks to its faculty members having both national and international background, has reached a level that can provide graduate education in addition to undergraduate education in the very first year of its establishment.
The course program is prepared considering the current requirements in the field of law. On the one hand, students are given the opportunity to specialize in certain areas through elective courses while they are still at the undergraduate level, on the other hand, they are given the opportunity to learn more than one foreign language and thus enabling them to do comparative law research. Considering that it is not possible to train a good lawyer with an understanding that is far from practice, in addition to theoretical courses, practical courses are given and law clinics and mediation clinics are planned. Thus, the aim is to show legal problem solving methods to our students. Our students attend national and international moot competitions and gain experience, especially in international studies. In addition, through courthouse visits and joint studies with practitioners, students learn about job opportunities during the undergraduate study. With minor and double major program opportunities provided by our university, it is possible for students to gain competence in other social sciences.
Vision of the Program
To become an exemplary and reputable law school from Turkey, that graduates students which take active roles at the national and international arena of lawyers.
Attorney: An attorney or, more correctly, an attorney-at-law, is a member of the legal profession who represents a client in court when pleading or defending a case.
Attorney’s also provide consultancy services out of court.
You can become an attorney after completing a mandatory 1 year internship and passing the bar exam. Only TR citizens are eligible for registration at a Bar in Turkey. This does not prevent a foreigner to work and provide consultancy under a law firm.
Prosecutor: The prosecutor is the legal party responsible for presenting the case in a criminal trial against an individual accused of breaking the law. Typically, the prosecutor represents the government in the case brought against the accused person.
You can become a prosecutor after passing the judicial exam, both in writing and orally. After the exam a mandatory 1,5 year internship has to be completed. Only TR citizens can become a prosecutor.
Judge: A judge is a person who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as a part of a panel of judges. The judge is supposed to conduct the trial impartially and, typically, in an open court.
You can become a judge after passing the judicial exam, both in writing and orally. After the exam a mandatory 1,5 year internship has to be completed. Only TR citizens can become a judge.
Arbitrator: An arbitrator is a nominated independent third party who should be experienced in handling the arbitration process. Their role is similar to that of a judge, in that they will listen to both sides and come to a decision. However they will also encourage collaborative communication, as opposed to an adversarial approach. Although no specific qualifications are necessary to act as an arbitrator, some legal experience is useful, as is industry knowledge if the dispute involves technical matters.
There are no official requirements in Turkey to become an arbitrator. However a lawyer with expertise in a relevant field with an experience of more than 10 years is expected.
Mediator: A mediator is a person who facilitates communication between the parties and helps the mediation participants reach a mutually satisfactory solution. Mediator is neither a judge nor an arbitrator – his/her role is not to decide the dispute that has arisen out between the parties. He/she must remain neutral and impartial.
You can become a mediator after receiving a mandatory training of approximately 120 hours. After the training, you need to pass the mediation exam, in writing.
Notary: A notary is a person authorised to perform acts in legal affairs, in particular witnessing signatures on documents. The form that the notarial profession takes varies with local legal systems.
In order to become a notary, you need to register for notary candidateship and wait for approximately 15-20 years until you become a notary public. You might work in other jobs, such as an attorney, during this period.