Koç University Law School

Rumelifeneri Yolu
34450 Istanbul


LL.M. facts

  • Tuition 55,000 TRY

  • Duration 12 months

  • Minimum TOEFL 80

  • Minimum IELTS 6.5

Full Profile

The Program

The Law School offers non-thesis programs as well as thesis programs. The thesis program is composed of 3 core courses followed by 4 elective courses and is concluded with a thesis. The non-thesis program is composed of 10 courses and a final paper.

Fundamental characteristics of the Koç University LL.M. Programs of Public Law and Private Law, which have been established in conformity with the legislation of higher education, are as follows:

- World-wide reputed professors (and lecturers), who are distinguished as to their publications, research and practice of legal profession.

- Up-to-date courses structured on well-established and absorbed legal knowledge.

- Research and learning of different legal disciplines based on multi-dimensional perspectives.

- An atmosphere stimulating academic and vocational progress, whereby legal issues comprising comparative and international aspects are thoroughly examined.

- An integrated program with workshops, seminars and other activities parallel to the curriculum.

- Various options devoted to candidates with high competence of scientific research and to those who would like to differentiate from others in the legal profession.

- Regular and effective academic consultancy.

- Advanced research opportunities with regard to academic publications and instructions

- Privilege of being the part of a qualified group of graduate students, elected through adopting effective scaling and evaluation criteria.

- Academic collaboration with leading law schools abroad

Click here for the LL.M. Program Brochure.

The University


The deadline: 1 February 2017 - 3 July 2017


Koç University was founded in 1993 as a non-profit private university in Istanbul, Turkey. Its beautiful campus covers a sixty-two acre estate that achieves a striking balance, being accessible for all of Istanbul, while at the same time offering a retreat from the distractions of city life.

The university distinguishes itself with its strong academic structure, research opportunities, international achievements, vivid social environment and the wide range of career opportunities available to its graduates.

Our commitment to excellence attracts World-class academics. The university’s faculty includes senior researchers and PhDs from elite research institutions worldwide. Koç University consistently holds the highest ranking in Turkey in terms of papers published per faculty.

Koç University’s research mission is centered on the need to contribute to the universal body of knowledge and influence intellectual, technological, economic and social developments on a global scale. Over the last 23 years Koç University has established an impressive track record in research and is currently the recipient of Turkey’s second largest number of research grants from the Turkish Government and the European Union.

Key Figures

480 full-time faculty that includes world class scholars from across the globe

Over 7,000 students

Approximately 11,000 alumni

22 undergraduate, 29 masters and 25 doctoral programs

41% of undergraduate students receive a full scholarship

73% of graduate students receive a full scholarship

2,877 student dormitory capacity

More than 230 international student exchange partners

19 research centers, 4 research and education forums, and 112 laboratories

662 externally funded research projects (Jan 2004-May 2016)

Full scholarships available for high caliber PhD students

Internationally renowned faculty working to contribute to the universal body of science

Majority of PhD and Master graduates received job offers before graduation or within 3 months after graduation in top ranked universities in the US and Europe

Exceptionally low student-faculty ratio, providing an exemplary learning environment

One of the top Turkish institutions in terms of faculty publication rate

Numerous faculty members elected to the Turkish Academy of Sciences, the country’s highest scholarly society

Most faculty members have prior teaching experience in distinguished universities in the USA, Europe, and Turkey.


8th in the Times Higher Education Best Small Universities Rankings 2016

13th in the Times Higher Education BRICS & Emerging Economies Rankings 2016

36th in the Times Higher Education 100 Under 50 Ranking 2016

The Law School

Developing world-class lawyers in one of the world’s great cities

Since 2003, Koç University Law School has aimed to nurture creative and sophisticated lawyers with its content-rich courses in public law, private law, and its core program. The Law School owes its success to its underlying vision, targeting not only to build a connection between public policies along with bureaucracy, business circles and economy, social development, progress in the field of information technology, and the field of law, but also to contribute to the legal policies through carrying out multidimensional academic endeavors.

The Law School provides a high level of proficiency in national law topics with its courses lectured in Turkish. However, more than 30% of the total courses offered with international content are lectured in English, thus international career opportunities are available to all students. The law school works to instill professional ethic values in its graduates, thus enabling them to work in all fields of law - public or private - without exception.

Our approach

Our aim is to recruit the best students, work with the best faculty and prepare our graduates for distinguished and remarkable professional positions. Being a small university means that our faculty-student ratio enables proper time for supervision, teaching and research.

At Koç University Law School we value co-curricular activities, by way of which the students are able to take part in national and international projects led by our scholars. Students participate in programs based on innovative learning awards, case-law groups, introductory seminars on the university life and the legal profession, certificate programs, and summer schools offered on the basis of our international cooperation agreements.

Entry Requirements

The admissions criteria are as follows:

Either TOEFL (minimum scores for acceptance are 550 paper based; 213 computer based; 80 IBT), or IELTS (minimum score: 6,5) transcript is required as a precondition for being admitted to one of the Koç University Law School LL.M. Programs.

The evaluation will be pursued, grounded upon the undergraduate GPA, as well as the entrance exam score of the candidate. A minimum 2.75 GPA is recommended.

Those who are not Law School graduates are also admitted to the LL.M Programs. However, at the end of the program, they receive MA degree instead of LL.M.

Course Requirements for applicants who are not graduates of Faculty of Law:

L.M in Public Law

Constitutional Law I

Constitutional Law II

Criminal Law I

Administrative Law I

International Law I

Area Elective

LL.M in Private Law

Civil Law

Law of Obligations I

Civil Procedure Law I

Commercial Law I

Private International Law I

Area elective

Application Procedure

All applications to the Koç University LL.M. program are accepted through our online Application system, GradApp. 

The applications for the Fall 2017 September intake are now open. The deadline for applying to the program is the 3rd of July, 2017.

For more information about Application Procedures, please click here.

Tuition and Fees

For the 2016-2017 academic year, the tuition for the LLM Programs is 55.000 TL. This fee covers tuition and registration and also allows full use of the library, computer laboratories, and infirmary services.

Financial Aid

LL.M with Thesis students may receive tuition waiver/partial scholarship depending on the strength of their application file (e.g., grades, scores, written exam, interview).

Please note that LL.M. Thesis students may be asked to pay full or partial tuition. 

All LL.M. Non-Thesis students pay the full tuition.

For more information about the Financial Aid opportunities available at Koç University, please click here.


Located in the hills of Sariyer in the cosmopolitan and vibrant city of Istanbul, Koç University is twenty minutes from Black Sea beaches, surrounded by charming villages and natural landscapes, and connected to the city center through a plethora of convenient public transportation options.

Koç University offers a full residential campus experience for international students that includes:

  • academic colleges
  • over 100 research and teaching laboratories
  • 24/7 library with access to all journals, databases and e-books
  • State of the art social and sports facilities (including indoor and outdoor swimming pool, and an ice rink!)
  • health center
  • support offices (career support, psychological counselling, academic skills, IT support)
  • student dormitories
  • seamless Wi-Fi throughout campus
  • On-campus conveniences include a grocery store, hair dresser, full-service bank, post office, dry-cleaners, bookshop, cafeterias and other dining options.

The cost of living in Istanbul is very affordable compared to most European capitals. See an idea of typical student living costs.

Programs at Koç University Law School


English, Turkish
12 months

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