Law can be defined as the set of the rules of social order imposed by sanctions. The aim of the field of law is to enable the students of law to recognize the rules of law in a certain period and society by taking into account the universal principles and practices of law, to establish relations between different legal systems and rules and to analyze these relations within the context of judicial decisions and law practices to solve the legal problems encountered in practice. In this context, the law student who reaches the required professional equipment, knowledge and proficiency level is expected to create the legal rule and interpret the existing legal rules and reflect them to the practice, and to perform the functions of the social relations and the resolution of the conflicts.
IKU Faculty of Law aims to raise qualified lawyers who are open to national and international competition, aware of national interests, assimilated the universal principles of law and prepares the curricula in accordance with this purpose and updates in line with the needs. Our faculty is the first Faculty of Law to be authorized by YÖK (Council of Higher Education) to conduct a doctoral program within the Foundation Universities.
Our faculty, which started education in 1999-2000 academic year with 118 undergraduate students, gave its first graduates in a 2002-2003 academic year. In 2003, our faculty has reached the level of doctoral education. At the Faculty of Law, approximately 1228 students receive legal education and training, taking advantage of the academic and professional knowledge of many qualified faculty members. Our students have the opportunity of-one-to-one education “with faculty members. Our esteemed faculty members, who are well-known at the national and international level, guide the students to develop their professional ethics, knowledge, and skills as well-developed jurists. In addition, various scholarships are offered to our successful and prospective students. One of the most important goals of our faculty is to raise jurists who are well-educated, investigative, questioning, self-confident and obtaining successes in international fields which will be needed in the near future by Turkey.
Istanbul Kültür University was established on 09.07.1997 with the Law No. 4281. TC Istanbul Kültür University, Faculty of Law, was established with the founding deanery of Prof. Dr. Tayfun AKGÜNER. He continued in his position until 2004 and after Prof Dr. Atilla Altop was appointed and continued to serve as Dean until the 2005-2006 academic year. Prof. Dr. İlhan ULUSAN started to work as dean in the 2005-2006 academic year and continued his duty until the end of 2008-2009 academic year. In the academic year, 2009-2010, Prof. Dr. h.c mult. Bahri ÖZTÜRK has been appointed as dean and he is still performing this duty.
Assoc. Prof. Cem AKBIYIK served as a vice-dean between the academic years 2004-2005 and 2007-2008. After him, Assoc. Prof. Hanife ÖZTÜRK was assigned. In addition, In the academic year 2008-2009, Prof.Dr. Dr. Durmuş TEZCAN has been appointed as another vice-dean. In the 2010-2011 academic year, Asst. Prof. Ömer KORKMAZ was appointed as an associate dean in charge of student affairs. In June 2014 Assist. Prof. Pınar Çağla KANDIRALIOĞLU CUYLAN has been assigned as the vice-dean for Student Affairs by taking over this task from the Asst. Prof. Ömer KORKMAZ and currently she is still performing this duty. In November 2013, Asst. Prof. Çiğdem YAZICI TIKTIK was appointed as the vice-dean of the Academic Personnel. Lastly, In March 2016 Asst. Prof. Elif ALTINOK ÇALIŞKAN took over the vice-dean position for Academic Personnel and she is still working in this position.
Our faculty, which started education in the 1999-2000 academic year with 118 undergraduate students, gave its first graduates in a 2002-2003 academic year. In 2003, our faculty has reached the level of doctoral education. 1228 students continue their education in the building of our university's Şirinevler campus.
In 18th September 2008, The Criminal Law Application and Research Center (CEHAMER) established with the Regulation No. 27001 to contribute to the solution of problems related to Criminal Law Sciences with scientific methods in the field of national and international law with an interdisciplinary approach; Turkey in foreign countries, particularly to help our cooperation facility compliant in the field of Criminal Law Science with European Union countries and to make the teachings and practical work, The Criminal Law Application and Research Center (CEHAMER) operates in the Faculty of Law.
To contribute to the solution of problems related to Criminal Law Sciences with scientific methods in the field of national and international law with an interdisciplinary approach; Turkey in foreign countries, particularly to help our cooperation facility compliant in the field of Criminal Law Science with European Union countries and to make the teachings and practical work in this context, our university with Regulation No. 27001 of September 18, 2008 was established in refurbishments within the Criminal Law Practice and Research The Center (CEHAMER) operates in the Faculty of Law building. The Directorate of the Center conducted by Prof. Dr. h.c. mult. Bahri Öztürk who is also the Dean of the Faculty of Law. Our faculty is the first Faculty of Law to be authorized by the Council of Higher Education (YÖK) to conduct a doctoral program within the Foundation Universities. According to the results of the research conducted by ehukuk.org in 2013, Istanbul Kültür University Faculty of Law has been ranked among the top 10 public and law faculties in the general rankings. In the same research, Faculty of Law of the Istanbul Kültür University has been elected as the university with the best academic staff within the Foundation universities and continues to maintain its title in this field.
Students who have successfully completed all courses included to four years education plan, having minimum 240 ECTS which consist of 180 ECTS required course and 60 ECTS elective course are granted Bachelor’s Degree in Law field.
Language of Instruction
Language of education is Turkish and the english preparing class is optional.
Mode of Education
Admission and Registration Requirements
200 students are admitted to Faculty of Law according to quota determined for Academic Year 2011- 2012 through Central Placement Examination carried out by Student Selection and Placement Center (ÖSYM). In Central Placement, candidates are placed to Faculty of Law by ÖSYM by taking their Undergraduate Placement Examination (LYS) points, their preference regarding higher education programs, quota and conditions of these programs into consideration. Enrollment of students placed to Faculty of Law is carried out by Department of Student Affairs within the frame of schedule determined by ÖSYM.
According to the quota of 145 students applicable for Academic Year 2010- 2011, base point and success ranking of Faculty of Law are as following:
2010 Base Point
2010 Base Success Rank
Distribution of 200 students quota determined by ÖSYM for Academic Year 2011- 2012 is 120 for students with contribution, 20 for 25% scholarship students, 40 for 50% scholarship students and 20 for 100% scholarship students.
Student should get minimum 2.00 grade point average over 4.00 to complete successfully all courses (total ECTS corresponds to 240 credits) included to the program.
Istanbul Kültür University Faculty of Law provides the opportunity for our students to gain experience at abroad by making agreements with foreign country universities within the frame of ERASMUS program. Our Faculty continues its activities on international scale by making student and instructor exchange through Erasmus program. As a result of our Erasmus activities which started in year 2004, cooperation is implemented today with some EU universities.
Following Universities implement student exchange under bachelor’s degree program within the frame of Erasmus Agreement.
Erasmus Partner Universities:
*Trier University – Germany
*Saarbrücken University – Germany
*Aristo Selanik University – Greece
*Bochum Ruhr University – Germany
*Westfalische Wilhems Münster University – Germany
*Leipzig Üniversitesi University – Germany
*Justus-Liebig Giessen University – Germany
*Viadrina European University – Germany
*Salzburg University – Austria
*Miskolc Üniversitesi - Hungary
Occupational Profiles Of Graduates
Graduates of IKU Faculty of Law have wide knowledge to perform various professions easily in the society. They find opportunity to work especially in magistracy, prosecution, attorneyship, notary, law consultancy, occupations having technical quality as well as in administration in fields operating in mass communication (media) sector, banks, insurance companies, private sector and public sector, as inspector/ auditor in inspection boards and as external relations specialist on international scale.
Access to Further Studies
After completing their undergraduate degree, students who pass the examination and provide the necessary criteria, will be able to continue their graduate education ( master and PhD programs) in the Institute of Social Sciences in our University .
Our faculty which ended compulsory preparation class application organizes courses not only to teach English but also other foreign languages as well. For example, since two years, “German Language Courses” have been organized in our faculty by German and Austrian teachers. Our faculty’s optional foreign language teaching programs will continue increasingly. Within our University’s Faculty of Law, Introduction to German Law and German Legal Parlance courses are offered for students of Faculty of Law since the beginning of Academic Year 2007- 2008. General information on German Judicial System, legal issues and education, terminology and basic structures of German Law, meaning and writing of legal texts, legal studies on case studies are handled during these courses. Furthermore, during Introduction to German Law and German Legal Parlance courses organized for instructors, an introduction to various legal disciplines is made within the frame of German Jurisprudence and researches on recent developments are carried out. After giving some general information to attending students, practices are made regarding legal parlance by studying German legal texts.
Instructors considered as the best of their disciplines from German and Austrian Faculties of Law give lessons in our Faculty’s summer school, undergraduate program, master’s degree program and doctorial programs.
Our students may attend joint seminars that students coming from elite faculties of law of various universities of Turkey and Germany attend as well and especially Summer Academy organized in İzmir- Çeşme each year in September. Such meetings are also extremely beneficial for people of different nations to understand each other, to reduce or remove existing prejudices and in terms of advertisement of our country.
Our precious academic members well-known in National and International legal fields guide students to train them as lawyers having higher occupational ethics, knowledge and abilities. Furthermore, various scholarships are granted to our successful and researcher students.
3 - 8 April 2004, "Turkish - Austria Law Week: Protection of the Customer Law in European and National Laws Context", IKU Sirinevler Campus 5 March - 2 April 2005, "New Criminal Law and Criminal Court Law Meetings Series", Zonguldak, Kahramanmaras, Sinop, Kutahya, Afyon, Canakkale 15 April 2005, "Evaluation of New Debts Draft Law", IKU Sirinevler Campus 22 -27 May 2005, " Austria - Turkish Law Week", IKU Sirinevler Campus 17 June 2005, "How Will The New TCK and CMK Coming Into Force Will Effect Turkey?", IKU Sirinevler Campus 2 - 4 June 2006, "Criminal Law Reform in the European Union Process, Problems and Solution Suggestions Experienced in One Year Implementation", IKU Atakoy Campus 21 - 23 April 2006, " Academia Network Meeting", IKU Atakoy Campus 4 -6 May 2006, " Law Education in World's National Systems: Law Faculties, Justice Academies and Law Schools", IKU Atakoy Campus 10 November 2006, "Ataturkist Foreign Policy from Sevres Until Lausanne, from Lausanne Till Today", IKU Sirinevler Campus 28 February 2007, "TCK General Laws", IKU Sirinevler Campus 29 March 2007, "Enforcement System of Turkish Criminal Law and Special Provisions in Turkish Criminal Law", IKU Sirinevler Campus 25 April 2007, "Turkish Criminal Law Special Provisions", IKU Sirinevler Campus 30 April - 1 May 2007, "States of Violation of Debt and Compensation Law", IKU Sirinevler Campus 28 - 29 May 2007, "Public's Leadership and Individual Autonomy in Public Law, Private Law and Criminal Law Fields", Armada Hotel 30 May 2007, "3. Criminal Law Forum - Round Table Meeting", Armada Hotel - IKU Sirinevler Campus 24 May 2007, "Criminal Law Special Provisions", IKU Sirinevler Campus 1 - 3 June 2007, "National Crime Days Symposium" Armada Hotel 1 - 9 September 2007, "New Improvements in European Human Rights Court Precedents", 11. International Summer Academy, Cesme - Izmir 20 - 21 September 2007, "Administrative Criminal Law Symposium", IKU Sirinevler Campus 25 October 2007, "Investigation Phase in Criminal Court", IKU Sirinevler Campus 27 December 2007, " General Evaluation of Turkish Criminal Law and Criminal Court's Law and Problems Experience During Implementation", IKU Sirinevler Campus 25 February - 3 March 2008, "Comparative Turkish - German Criminal Court Law Colloquium", Giessen - Germany 11 April 2008, "Wars, Religions and Women Rights", IKU Sirinevler Campus 1 -3 June 2008, "Thresholds of Creating a Crime in a Law Government International Symposium", Cinar Hotel - Yesilkoy 13 - 21 September 2008, "New Improvements in European Human Rights Court Precedents", 12. International Summer Academy, Cesme - Izmir October 2008, "Protecting the Victim", Budapest - Hungary 1 - 2 November 2008, "Faultiness and Proof Law", Cinar Hotel Istanbul 12 January 2009, "New Prosecution Model", Sirinevler Yerleskesi January 2009, "New CMK and Human Rights", Trier - Germany February 2009, "Freedom of Expression", Sirinevler Campus Akinguc Auditorium 27 March 2009, "Intention - Negligence, Crimes Against Honor", IKU Sirinevler Campus 1 - 5 April 2009, "Lawyer's Role in Crime Reasoning", Akinguc Auditorium 26 - 29 May 2009, Turkish German Comparative Law Symposium, Giessen - Germany 30 31 May 2009, "New Crime Justice System on its 5. Year", IKU CEHAMER 1 - 2 June 2009, "Current Crime Law Problems", IKU Sirinevler Campus 6 - 13 September 2009, " New Improvements in European Human Rights Court Precedents", 13. International Summer Academy, Cesme - Izmir 26 - 31 October 2009, "Belgium Counsel of State's Precedent in External Signs Field That Shows Political and Religious Tendency of AIHS", IKU Sirinevler Campus CEHAMER Meeting Hall 26 - 31 October 2009, "Meaning of Judge Independency in Judgment Independency Framework That Was Foreseen in The 6. Item of European Human Rights Pact and The Interesting Arrangement Foreseen By Belgium's Constitution", Istanbul District Administrative Court 5 - 8 April 2010, "Comparing Provisions About Unfair Actions in Turkish Debts Draft Law with European Union Debts Draft Law", IKU Sirinevler Campus 14 - 17 April 2010, Turkish - Austria Week " 2010, "Reformen im österreichischen und im türkischen Recht", Vienne University 19 - 21 April 2010, "Children and Law in Germany, India and Turkey", IKU Sirinevler Yerleskesi 26 - 27 April 2010, "Lawful and Effective Public Evaluation in Tax Law Example", IKU Atakoy Campus 6 May 2010, "Function of Republic Prosecution in Turkish Law", IKU Sirinevler Campus CEHAMET Meeting Hall 26 May - 03 June 2010, "Crime Law Reforms in World and Turkey", IKU Sirinevler Campus 11 -24 September 2010, "New Improvements in Turkish and German Law In The Light of New Precedents of European Human Rights Court", 14. International Summer Academy, Cesme - Izmir 12 Octobers 2010, “Die neuer Regelungen in der Insolvenz Ordnung im Vergleich mit der Konkurs Ordnung", IKU Sirinevler Campus 8 - 9 November 2010, "Pursuance Without Official Decision Document and Judge's Independency in German Law", IKU Sirinevler Campus 9 December 2010, "Government System Arguments for a New Constitution", IKU Sirinevler Yerleskesi 9 - 11 December 2010, Research Methods in Criminology Seminar, IKU Sirinevler Yerleskesi CEHAMER Meeting Hall 1 April 2011, "New Initiative In Turkish - German Economical Relations", IKU Sirinevler Campus CEHAMER Meeting Hall 19 - 20 April 2011, "2. Child and Law Colloquium", IKU Sirinevler Campus CEHAMER Meeting Hall, IKU Atakoy Campus 11 - 14 May 2011, "International Constitution Congress", Istanbul University Science Faculty Cemal Birsen Conference Hall - Istanbul Kultur University Atakoy Campus 31 may - 1 June 2011, "Investigation Phase and Protection Measures in Criminal Court Law in 6th Year of the New Crime Justice System", IKU Sirinevler Campus CEHAMER Meeting Hall 3 September - 18 September 2011, " New Improvements in Turkish and German Law In The Light of New Precedents of European Human Rights Court", 15.International Summer Academy, Cesme - Izmir
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