Faculty of Law
Legal studies at VMU were prepared according to the model of Western universities. This model was chosen in no small part due to demand for highly qualified lawyers who would possess a wide liberal education, fluency in legal English and ability to work in both Lithuania and abroad. Currently, the faculty provides integrated studies of law, which encompass the Bachelor’s and Master’s level studies. For the graduates, the degree of the Master of Law and the professional qualification of a lawyer are awarded.
Students of the Faculty of Law have the opportunity to get the Michigan State University Certificate in Transnational Law, in addition to their VMU Master’s degree diploma. The certificate testifies that the faculty’s alumnus has passed the main courses of international law and has a good command of legal English. VMU is the first university in Lithuania and one of the few in Europe to have signed an agreement of such kind with one of the most prestigious universities in the USA.
The Faculty of Law is exceptional due to its unique teaching methods, which promote the Socratic Method during the lectures. Rather than having the teacher speak and the students take notes, an unconventional approach, practiced in the most prestigious American universities, is taken. During discussions and practical activities, the students analyze specific cases where legal regulations are applied and solve exercises of collision law by applying Q & A form. Lectures proceed in the same manner in the USA and the most advanced European law schools. Another aspect contributing to the warm and collegial atmosphere surrounding teachers and students is the fact that the Faculty of Law is comprised of young and promising lecturers, who respect the courage, creativity and initiative of the students.
Well qualified scientists and specialists of their fields (civil, criminal, administrative law and other legal areas) are teaching at the faculty, ensuring that the knowledge and skills required by professionally practicing lawyers in Lithuania are imparted upon the students. Since many of the teachers are practicing lawyers, the students are acquainted not only with all essential elements of the law in Lithuania, but also with the issues that the lawyers face when applying the law in practical situations, which are frequently looked at during the lectures.
Considering it one of their top priorities, scientists at the faculty pay due attention to the influence of globalization on legal issues. The study material is kept fresh and relevant. Research results are presented at special conferences organized by the faculty and the Baltic Journal of Law & Politics, an English-language scientific journal published by the Faculty of Law in collaboration with the Faculty of Political Science and Diplomacy.
A large part of the subjects offered by the VMU Faculty of Law are taught by lawyers and legal experts from higher education institutions in the United States, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and other countries.
Faculty In Brief
- Approx. 700–800 students
- Approx 15–20 permanent lecturers
- 10–15 visiting foreign lecturers
- Departments of Public Law and Private Law
Master’s Degree Studies in English
BA and MA Courses in English
One-semester studies at the universities in Bulgaria, Check Republic, Croatia, Estonia, Finland, France, Hungary, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland, Spain, Sweden, Turkey by Erasmus exchange programme and by VMU bilateral collaborative agreements. Two-semester studies at one of the member universities of Campus Europae. Students may gain practical experience by making use of Erasmus work placement program in enterprises and organisations in all EU countries as well as in Island, Norway, Lichtenstein, Turkey and Switzerland.
- Academic law club
- ELSA VDU (European Law Students’ Association)