The Private Law Master’s Program teaches students about the economical and international scope of legal sciences; it aims to impart an interdisciplinary point of view that is imperitive to tackle new legal concerns that emerge with the globalization of the world. Classes are taught by expert faculty members and practitioners. The program aims to produce forward thinking lawyers capable of providing solutions to the concerns of today and tomorrow.
-About the course phase:
The three-year Private Law Masters Program's first year consists of courses. Under Article 12 of the Regulation, the duration of the master's program requiring a thesis is four semesters as of the first semester of enrollment, not necessarily consecutively but not exceeding six semesters and not including the preparatory stage of the program.
At the end of four semesters, those who fail to successfully complete the classes in the curriculum with a grade point average of at least 3.0, do not complete the seminar, do not present a successful thesis, do not attend their thesis defense, or fail to meet any other criteria stipulated by the institution within the maximum period of six semesters will be expelled from the university.
Students who fulfill the graduation requirements for the master's program before the minimum period may graduate early and will receive their transcripts in the same format as other students.
Classes take place on weekdays between 19.00-22.00. Students choose their courses during course registration week from the compulsory and elective classes offered separately each semester and create their class schedules. Class selections are made online on the 'ois' system. Each student logs into the system with the user name and password assigned to him/her individually. It is recommended that students select their classes in the early days of registration week in order to avoid any problems due to system overloading.
The curriculum is divided into a fall semester, comprised of 2 compulsory and 2 elective classes, and a spring semester, comprised of 1 compulsory and 3 elective classes. During course selection, compulsory classes will be shown by their name and elective classes will be listed under the “Departmental Elective” link. It is possible to choose an elective course from the Capital Markets and Finance Law program, provided that there is no conflict in the curriculum since Private Law and Capital Markets and Finance Law Master’s programs have the same elective class pool. Classes in the Private Law Masters Program are coded OHK and those in Capital Markets and Finance Law are coded THK. Compulsory classes in the Private Law Master’s Program include: “Current Affairs on Obligations Law” and “Research Methods and Ethics” in the fall semester; and “Collateral Security” in the spring semester . Elective courses differ every semester. Look here for up-to-date information on compulsory and elective classes that are planned to be offered in the 2016-2017 Spring Semester.
Students can withdraw from compulsory and elective courses until the date specified in the academic calendar. The Master's Program Classes Withdrawal Form can be obtained from the Student Affairs office; the form must be signed by the student first, then the faculty member teaching the class, and lastly the program coordinator after he/she has filled in the relevant fields, immediately after which the form must be handed to the Social Sciences Institute.
During the course phase;
1 . A minimum of 70% class attendance is mandatory. Students who do not meet the minimum attendance requirement fail the class, do not sit the final exam, and receive an incomplete (NA) for the semester. (see also Regulation art. 41)
2. A minimum of 4 compulsory or elective classes must be successfully completed before moving on to the thesis phase.
-Thesis phase and graduation
Students who complete the course phase with a minimum grade point average of 3.0 move on to the thesis phase. Those who do not meet these minimum requirements will have the opportunity to raise their GPA and successfully complete the course phase with a maximum of two additional courses.
Once they have completed their courses, students must determine their thesis topic and choose their thesis advisor who must be a faculty member from the relevant department. The advisor may be from the academic staff of another university provided they are lecturers, or who have lectured in the past in the relevant field. Any advisory task performed by the program coordinator may be performed by the thesis advisor provided he/she is appointed to the relevant position. (See also Regulation art. 11/3, 40/6).
Once students determine their thesis subject and advisor, they must enter this information into the system and receive the approval of the advisor and program coordinator on the same system. At this stage, students must select their Thesis-1 and Seminar courses. These courses, with the guidance of their thesis advisor, will encompass studies and interviews essential to the development of the thesis.
Students who successfully complete the Thesis-1 and Seminar courses and receive an "S" grade will move on to the Thesis-2 course; this stage of the program must be completed within three years and they must defend their thesis within the dates specified in the academic calendar for that semester. (See Regulation art. 14/11)
Students who successfully defend their thesis will be able to graduate provided they follow the necessary procedures. (See Regulation art 15)
[*] It should be noted that only the Research Methods and Ethics course has a different code and that is ISL 5301.