Student Guide

Here you will find some important information and some tips about studying at our university, libraries, practical training, etc.

 

Copy Cards

Copy cards for the copy machine at our school campus. Currently they can only be purchased from Elisa Laaja (Primus Collegium treasurer). The copy machine can only photocopy papers or if you have a memory stick, it can be used to copy something from it.

Card with 20 copies costs 2 euros

 

Course Materials

Wondering how to get the course books that are required on your courses? Here are some tips on how to get them. Remember to also check out the “Course Materials – Libraries in Helsinki area” section if you want to loan your course books.

Ask from the older students
Purchasing the course books
University Library
Edilex/WestLaw

 


1.Ask from the older students

The older students at our school might have used the same course books as you have to now. Probably the best way to ask is on our Facebook Group TLU Law School in Helsinki- All Classes.

 

2.Purchasing the course books

You may always also purchase your course books. Here are some online stores where to find some books:

 

Adlibris.com (FIN)

 

Note that at Adlibris.com you will get a 10% discount when you register yourself as a student at their website.

 

BookDepository (EN)

 

Alma Talent (FIN)

 

3.University Library

You can access academic publications through the university library. Just log in with your account at University Library -> Resources -> Enter databases as a TLU User (in right sidebar). JSTOR, ScienceDirect, EBSCO and a plethora of others are available. You can also search through Google Scholar (lots of results) and then see which articles you can access for free.

 

Tlulib also provides electronic books through Ebrary.

 

4.Edilex/WestLaw

For access to Edilex and WestLaw you have to register for a course at Open University (University of Eastern Finland seems popular). It will set you back 20-60€ per year.

 


Course Materials – Libraries in Helsinki area

 

Here you have information about the libraries in Helsinki area:

 

Library of University of Helsinki
Library of Parliament
Library of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa

 

1.Library of University of Helsinki (Helsingin yliopiston kirjasto “Kaisa kirjasto”) (website)

Opening hours:

Mon – Fri 08-20, Sat 11-17

Entrances:

Fabianinkatu 30
Vuorikatu 7
Kaisaniemenkatu 5

 

If you get off at the metro station “Helsingin yliopisto”, go towards R-Kioski and K-Supermarket. Behind R-Kioski there are some elevators (use the ones in the middle). The library is at the 3rd floor.
The map of every floor of the library (only in Finnish) is here (click!)

 

Loaning, loan period, etc.

 

Law related books are usually located at 3rd and 4th floor. You may search for the books you are looking for from here (click!)

 

The loan period of the books depends – it may be from a couple of days to couple of weeks. You can renew your loan by logging in at “Helka” webpage. NB! The E-books can only be used by students of University of Helsinki (if you know anyone studying there, you should ask them!)

 

How to get the library card?

 

If you don’t have the library card, you may get one from the Customer Service point (located at 3rd floor). It doesn’t cost anything.

 

2.Library of Parliament (Eduskunnan kirjasto) (website)

Opening hours:

Mon, Fri 9-16:15, Tue, Wed, Thu 9-18, Sat 9-15

Entrance:
Aurorankatu 6 (located behind the Parliament House)

 

NB! Note that every time you visit the library, you have to leave your outdoor clothes and bags to a locker (on the right when you come in).

Loaning, loan period, etc.

 

Very often, when a particular book is not available at University of Helsinki’s library, you can find it from the Library of Parliament (not always though). All the law related books are usually located on the ground floor – the stairs are to the left from the main doors.

 

You may search for books from here (click!)

 

The loan period of the books is 1 month. You can renew your loans by logging into “Selma”.

 

How to get the library card?

 

You may get the library card from the front desk. It doesn’t cost anything. You may also fill in the application for the library card in advance from here (click!) in English or here (click!) in Finnish.

 

3.Libraries of the cities of Helsinki, Espoo, Kauniainen and Vantaa (Helmet Library) (website)

 

Opening hours:

Differ from library to library (I recommend you visit the helmet webpage – in the section “Libraries” you may find the opening hours of each library)

 

Location:

Probably the closest libraries to our school are

 

1.Library 10

Elielinaukio 2 G (Entrance next to the entrance of K-Supermarket)

 

2.Töölö Library

Topeliuksenkatu 6

 

On the webpage, in the section “Libraries” you may find the location of every Helmet library.

 

You may get the library card at each library. It doesn’t cost anything. You may also use the library card pre-registration (you will get the library card quicker by filling the registration form beforehand) here (click!) in English or here (click!) or Finnish.

 

You may search for books from the webpage. Just use the “Search for items” on the top of the Helmet front page.

 

At Helmet libraries there are usually at least some law books, but they might be located in different libraries – the exact book you are looking for might be only at a library in Vantaa for example.

 

ERASMUS+ Exchange Studies

 

To be able to do the exchange , you are required to:

 

Have completed the first year of bachelor’s studies (60 ECTS)
Have a sufficient language skill for the studies abroad
Have an accident and liability insurance
More information Participation Requirements here (click!)
Application period for the 2017/2018 academic year takes place 15 February – 1 March 2017. You will have to fill out an online application form in the online application system and attach to it these documents:

 

Transcript of Records of current studies
Proof of Language Proficiency
Motivation Letter
More information about the Application Process here (click!)
For more information about applying to exchange studies can be found here (click!)

 

NB! Our study assistants, Anna-Stina and Maris, can give you more information on the exchange studies.

 

Exams, Grading and WAG

 

1.Exams

Each course has to end with an exam. For graded courses it’s called an exam and for pass/fail courses an assessment. Both can be handwritten, electronic (Moodle) or oral. While a majority of exams comprise essays, there are a number of courses with multiple choice exams, case analyses and other types of questions as well.

 

Exam durations vary by lecturer, but 90 minutes is used for most of the essay exams. Some lecturers allow dictionaries (FIN/EN only!) and/or other materials in the exam.

 

Some professors require you to write your exam with a pen. But then again some professors let you use a pencil. So keep both of them with you!

 

The school usually provides unruled paper, so you should get used to writing straight – or just not caring about aesthetics. You should get all necessary details for the exam on the first lecture of the course. Please ask for them if the lecturer has forgotten.

 

Exams – building your schedule
Each course has two alternate exams during the exam season and you should register for at least one. If you take the earlier exam and fail, you can register for the second ordinary exam or take the exam during the intermediate week of the following semester. The most common problem with taking two ordinary exams is that the lecturers have 10 work days to grade you and the second exam might be too close for comfort. Let your lecturer and study assistant know in advance that you’d like to take the exam during intermediate week.
Scheduling your exams for autumn semester is a bit easier, as Christmas break divides the end-semester exam season to two parts. It suffices to say, that you should take advantage of the intermediate week and take the exams you can. Try to avoid having two or more exams per day – it’s quite doable.
For spring semester you’ll end up with two or three consecutive weeks of exams. If you’re not in a hurry to start your summer vacation early, two exams per week is recommendable. We’ve seen people manage seven exams in one week, but that’s just foolish.
Combining easier subjects with harder ones for a week of exams gives you some space to maneuver with your reading.

 

Exams – staying on top of your shit
It goes without saying that you should read the required materials already during the course; cramming a 1 400 page book the night before can take a toll. Reading beyond is a good strategy to get that edge for an A with your own analysis.
Preparing with your classmates is also advisable. Don’t slack off in the beginning and let your average slide. You’ve got a cluster of six credit courses already on your first semester that are easy to pass with good marks, especially compared to harder four-credit subject-matter courses of second or third year.

 

 

2.Grading

The elements used for grading a course should be presented during the first lecture. Ask if necessary. The elements can include essays, presentations, group work, active participation during lectures, and pretty much anything else the lecturer comes up with. There’s always an exam, too.

 

The exam grading always goes like this (unless the course has a pass/fail grading)

 

A (5)
B (4)
C (3)
D (2)
E (1)
F (fail – you will have to redo the exam)
MI (you have registered to the course but haven’t done the exam – you will have to take the exam when it is possible to do so)

 

The study programme tells if the course is graded or pass/fail. E_eng is used for graded courses and A_eng for pass/fails.

 

You should get your final grade registered to ÕIS 10 working days after the exam. (Some professors give your final grade just after a couple of days from the exam, but for some it might take a bit longer…)

If you’ve got questions concerning the grade you received, send an e-mail to the lecturer. If the lecturer is unresponsive, contact your study assistant.

 

3.Calculating your WAG

Your weighted average grade is calculated based on all successfully passed, graded courses. Pass/fail courses and graded courses with an MI or F do not count.

You can always ask your study assistant for your class ranking.

 

 

Facebook Groups

Our official Facebook page Primus Collegium (click!)

We also highly recommend you to join our Facebook Groups: TLU Law School in Helsinki- All Classes

Every class also has their own Facebook page:

2016: TLU Law School Helsinki 19
2015: TLU Law School Helsinki 2018
2014: TLU Law School in Helsinki- Class of 2017

 

Learning English, IELTS & TOEFL”

You’re required to master English at B2 level (CEFR) when you begin your studies and at C1 level when you graduate. The school will organize a two-stage language proficiency test (yearly thus far), comprising a multiple choice preliminary test and a half-day exam for those who pass the preliminary. About 20% of participants passed the 201 3 preliminary test and were allowed to take the exam, which they all passed.

 

The school offers a 54 contact hour course in English in liue of the exam. The course runs for a full semester on the “free” weekends. It’s also possible to show language proficiency by taking a commercial test like IELTS and TOEFL. For other possibilities you should contact your study assistant.

 

1. IELTS

The test fee is 250 euros
There are two versions of the test: IELTS Academic (this is the correct one for us) and IELTS General Training
You will need a photocopy of your valid passport or national identity card
You can book an IELTS test here (click!)
Here is the IELTS Guide for test takers: (click!)
The FinnBrit Helsinki is located at Fredrikinkatu 20 A 9, 00120 Helsinki (about a 5-10 min walk from the center)

 

For more information: FinnBrit website

 

2. TOEFL

The test fee is 245 USD (about 231,20 euros)
You can register for the test here (click!) (you may also register by phone or mail, check the link below!)
You will need a valid identification document (for Finnish/EU citizens: passport, driver’s license, national identity card or European ID card)
The TOEFL test centers are located at:

Real Training Solutions – Helsinki, Arabiankatu 12, 4. Floor, 00560 Helsinki
Helsinki NUEVO MUNDO, Arabiankatu 12, 2nd floor, 00560 Helsinki (Arabianrannan Portaali Business Park)
ITTS Helsinki, Helsinki Metropolia University of Applied Sciences, Computer Rooms, Bulevardi 31, 00180 Helsinki
For more information here (click!) and here (click!)

 

Lectures and Seminars

Attendance to seminars is compulsory and they should be more interactive than lectures. Contact teaching for a course can comprise lectures and seminars, or lectures only. The school doesn’t allow all-seminar courses, but some lecturers circumvent this by dividing each contact teaching block into a lecture and a seminar, given successively.

Although there is no general rule about computers in class, all lecturers have allowed them to be used.
Learn to take notes of the important things during lectures. There’s a lot that you’ll get from the slides, so concentrate on topics the lecturer elaborates are important, or other things that strike you as something above and beyond the slides.

 

Student Card and Student Discounts

1.The International Student Identity Card (ISIC)

The Student Card available for us is the International Student Identity Card also known as ISIC.

The International Student Card can be ordered from here (click!) in English or here (click!) in Finnish.

 

To get the card you must:

 

Have a verification that you are a student at Tallinn University (you will get one from the study assistants, Maris or Anna-Stina, in the beginning of each school year)Have a picture of yourself (passport-type)
Be a full-time student (30 ECTS per semester)
The Card costs 15 euros and it will be valid for 12 months from the date of purchase, regardless of when you order. For more information on how to order the card, go here (click!)

 

With the Student Card you can get discounts for example at:

 

  • Finnkino movie theatre – 30%
  • Akateeminen Bookstore – only for textbooks! (you will also need a Stockmann Card)
    City of Helsinki’s Gym (Helsingin kaupungin kuntosali)
  • Rush Helsinki (trampoline park) – 10%
  • Museums (Ateneum, Kiasma, etc.)
  • Some of the Picnics (at least the ones near
  • University of Helsinki’s library)
  • Some Subways
  • Kuwano Restaurant in Kamppi (Malminrinne 6, 00100 Helsinki)

    For more discounts in Finland here (click!)

2.Other student discounts

You are also able to get student discount without the ISIC card. Here are some places where you can get a discount:

 

Adlibris (you need to register as a student at the webpage though)
O‘Learys at Kukontori has special discounts for TLU students: A la Carte Food Menu -15%, All House Wines 12cl, Beer 0,5l, Crowmoor 0,4l and Long Drinks from tap 0,33l are 5 euros. Shots: salmari, fisu, mynthon and jaloviina are 5 euros too> Note that you have to mention the Primus Discount for the staff of O’Learys
You’ll get a certificate for HSL and VR/Matkahuolto from your study assistant. Please remember that students over 29 need a study grant certificate from Kela to get the HSL discount.