Law is the department that has the most students in the prep, although it is just 30% English. The percentage is low, but it is really crucial. We talked with Ebru Karademir, who is a professor in the department, a 3rd class student Altan Kayacan, and another 3rd class student, Atahan Erkul, who told us about his internship.
How many hours in a week do students spend studying?
Ebru: Being part of the Bologna Process enables our students to graduate from a Faculty of Law that holds an international law accreditation. As a consequence, we have both compulsory and elective courses including secondary foreign languages. Our students can take six optional courses out of ten from other faculty curriculums in order to obtain knowledge in different specialties. That means long working hours are required to be a successful international lawyer 🙂
Altan: However, that does not mean we are behind in our social life. For example, I am a member of the IEU Law Club, IEU Mentorship Club and the European Law Students Association (ELSA). Among others, my faculty friends and I took part in the organization of the ‘Conference of Freedom of Movement of Lawyers’ in the EU in cooperation with our Faculty of Law and ELSA. Furthermore, I am a member of the Turkish Art Music Club and we will have another concert soon.
Atahan: As a law student, it depends on which year you are in and how many lessons you take. Studying starts from the second week of term and approximately 3 hours in a day is enough. Ofcourse during exam weeks, it increases.
What are the three most important characteristics of a successful law student?
Ebru: Hard working, patient, motivated, and disciplined.
Altan: Practical, problem solver and humorous 🙂
Atahan: Self-confidence because a lawyer has to present an idea and support it with confidence in order to be successful. Also, communication skills, sociabilty and honesty are very important because especially honesty is what we need in a lawyer these days.
What is the most important thing that students do not think of when they choose law?
Ebru: Let’s let Altan answer this question.
Altan: In my opinion, some of the students are just impressed by the opportunities of the law profession and do not think if this is the right profession for them when they enroll. Unfortunately, this may cause demotivation and other problems. For example, I knew the profession since my father was a former lawyer and currently a notary public. I am ready to practice if you grant me the diploma now 🙂
Atahan: What students do not think of is idealism.I mean, do they really want to become a lawyer or is it financial issues and society pressure? Not everybody can be a lawyer, a dentist or a doctor. What they should think of is, Whether they are suited for the philosophy of law.
What is the biggest misconception that students have about studying law?
Ebru: They think it is just memorizing volumes of books and thousands of pages. I think their fears are not reasonable because, a law education requires a practical mind but not memorizing!
Altan: I agree. In addition to this, I experienced in my courses that if you do not have any knowledge on respective legislation, you can solve the legal problems by logic. That is why law students should have the ability to solve the legal disputes on the spot.
Atahan: Studying law is similar to other studies. You should study systematically. Firstly, you have to look at the big picture and then details. Most of the students are doing the opposite. If there are no open-eyed lawyers, society may face chaos.
What is the best second language for a Law student?
Ebru: It depends on the branch of law the students wish to specialize in. We adopted, our criminal law from Italy, our administrative law from France, our commercial law from Germany and our civil law from Switzerland. Therefore, we recommend that our students learn one of these countries’ languages.
Altan: I want to add that if you wish to work as a lawyer in international trade, I believe that learning a language like Russian, Spanish or Chinese in addition to English will help in pursuing the required legal work. We are lucky that our university provides us with secondary language courses in 12 different languages.
Atahan: There is a German tradition in our country because of the Continental European Law System, which is also legal in Germany, France, and Switzerland. Despite the fact that I take French, I recommend German because German is related to our law system.
Do you think English is important in the Law department?
Ebru: Definitely! In our global world, English knowledge is an inevitable necessity . Therefore, we started to provide legal education partially in English since the academic year 2015-2016. Our Faculty is the first faculty of law in Izmir which provides a legal education partially in the English language.
Altan: Exactly! I believe that you cannot run a business, especially in the international arena, without speaking English.
Atahan: Especially these days, yes! Big corporate law firms now require English, even if they are only hiring an articled clerk. In international disputes, English will help a lot. English is important for creating job opportunities and solving cases. Communicating with foreign firms can cause some problems and also translators may not always know the exact terms of law.