According to the press reports, an official letter sent to the Council of Higher Education by the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Turkey states that Turkey is in need of law practitioners specialized in European Law, International Commercial Law and Arbitration and it was suggested that law students should be sent abroad for masters and doctorate studies.
The increasing interaction in international relations has been one of the important consequences of globalization in last decades. Thus, International Commercial Law has become crucial. On the other hand, EU Law has also become important in the period of establishment of Customs Union between Turkey and European Union. Furthermore, such developments lead establishment of new branches of law in addition to EU Law as follows: EU External Trade Law, Customs Union and Free Movement of Goods EU Law, EU Competition Law, EU Fiscal Law, EU Environmental Law, EU Company Law, EU Capital Market Law, European Intellectual and Industrial Property Law. In this case, Turkey came across with an important legal system, which should be closely monitored, whether it is a full member of the European Union or not. The European Union that will have thirty member states as expected is also becoming a political union as the world's largest trading bloc.
The extension of arbitration practice under the Turkish Grand National Assembly has increased the need for well-educated legal practitioners in international arbitration. For instance, there is a great need for legal practitioners – qualified in foreign languages and other legal systems - that will defend parties’ rights before Arbitration Committees and also there is a need for Turkish arbitrator that will serve in the Arbitration Tribunal in New York, London or Zurich. In consideration of such developments, Yeditepe University Faculty of Law offers German classes for second foreign language after one year of intensive English preparatory program and has also increased the number of English courses lectured. Courses such as International Law, European Union Law and Institutions, Human Rights Law, Conflict of Laws, Common Law of Contracts and Common Law of Torts have been provided as compulsory courses for undergraduates.
However, the four-year undergraduate program is lack of to meet up-to-date international requirements by itself. Since proposal for five-year undergraduate program was not found practicable, as the most appropriate approach, the fifth year's training is organized under the Master of Laws (LL.M) program. Since vast number of foreign professors and academics are giving lectures, considerable part of courses are lectured in English in Yeditepe University LL.M program. Hence, having a well command of English is strongly required.
For the candidates that do not speak English as a foreign language, numerous master’s degree lectures and seminars are held in Turkish. Moreover, students who take classes and seminars from the program in English can also elect courses in Turkish. Pursuant to Higher Education Board regulations, Yeditepe University offers two different Master of Laws (LL.M.) programs, with and without thesis. Thus, candidates of the LL.M. programme “without thesis” shall be awarded diplomas in case they pass at least 10 courses and Term Project course as well as seminars that amount to at least 30 credits with the grade CB (2.5). The Master’s programme with thesis consists of at least EIGHT courses that amount to 24 credits in total, a seminar course and thesis work. A diploma of Master’s Programme with Thesis shall be awarded to a candidate that has a GPA of at least 2.5 after the successful defence of the thesis that is to be prepared under the tutelage of an advisor faculty member.
Even though it is normally possible to finish a Master’s Degree Programme without thesis in a single academic year, students that cannot follow courses full-time due to their work will be able to spread their studies to three years. However, in any case, studies must be concluded in three years at most. Candidates who choose to move to doctoral studies after being awarded an LL.M. degree must have obtained a GPA of at least 3.00 out of 4.00.