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The Faculty of Law offers various courses taught in English on both bachelor level and master level. The courses are open to students in the Master in Law programme as well as incoming exchange students to the Faculty of Law. The master level courses may also be taken by law students from other universities in Norway, and as a supplement after having graduated with a Master in Law degree.

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    Changes to the course offer from 2023/2024 onwards

    The courses taught in English have undergone a major revision, and from the academic calendar of 2023/2024 onwards, courses are offered at two different levels: Bachelor level and master level.

    The revision has two reasons:

    • From 2023/2024 we are introducing elective courses taught in English as part of the 3rd year of the five-year Norwegian law degree programme, while until 2022/2023, elective courses taught in English were only offered as part of the 5th year in the Norwegian law degree programme.
    • Until now, all of our incoming exchange students have had to study advanced courses even if a bit more than half of our incoming exhange students are bachelor level/undergraduate students. With this new and improved course offer, we will be able to offer our incoming students courses which are better suited for their level, whether they are undergraduate or graduate students.    

    Below you will find the list of English elective courses at the Faculty of Law from 2023/2024. In the course description you will find learning outcomes and aim and content of the course, pre-requirements and possible compulsory requirements. While the compulsory requriements will vary from course to course, a common requirement for all courses on bachelor level is that they have mandatory attendance.   

     

    Bachelor/undergraduate level courses 2023/2024

    To study the courses on bachelor level (undergraduate level) while you are an exchange student, we expect that you have already studied law for two years like the Norwegian students will have done. The courses are taught as part of the third year of the Norwegian five-year law programme. Each course carries 10 ECTS, and the recommended work load is 30 ECTS per semester. All courses on bachelor level have mandatory attendance.   

    The courses on bachelor level are open only to students enrolled in the five-year master of law programme and to incoming exchange students.

    Autumn semester 

    • JUS2301 Free Movement under EU and EEA Internal Market Law
    • JUS2304 Comparative Private Law 
    • JUS2305 Law, Regulation and Technology 
    • JUS2309 Competition Law
    • JUS2310 Energy Law: Hydrocarbons, Renewables and Energy Markets
    • JUS2313 Human Rights and Welfare Policies
    • JUS2316 Law of the Sea and its Uses
    • JUS2317 Comparative European Constitutional Law
    • JUS2318 Law of Armed Conflict, with Emphasis on Maritime Operations
    • JUS2319 International Civil Procedure

    Additional course from autumn 2024 onwards:

    • JUS2300 EU and EEA Institutional Law and Policymaking (course description soon to come)

    Spring semester

    • JUS2302 EU and EEA State Aid Law
    • JUS2303 Privacy and Data Protection - GDPR
    • JUS2307 Introduction to European Human Rights
    • JUS2311 International Climate Law
    • JUS2312 Legal Philosophy
    • JUS2314 EU Copyright Law
    • JUS2315 EU and EEA Public Procurement Law
    • JUS2308 Constitutions, Courts and Politics
    • JUS2320 Comparing Legal Cultures in Europe
    • JUS2321 Introduction to Chinese Civil and Commercial Law
    • JUS2322 Health and Human Rights
    • JUS330-A EEA Moot Court (master level) is available also to undergraduate students

    Additional course from spring 2025 onwards:

    Get to know Norwegian legal culture and Norwegian students

    In the spring semester, we strongly recommend that all incoming bachelor level students choose the course JUS2320 Comparing Legal Cultures in Europe. It is not mandatory to take this course, but it is strongly recommended.  The course is taught during the first part of the semester and introduces Norwegian legal culture, while at the same time inviting you to reflect upon your own country's legal culture from a comparative perspective.

    In this course, you will work together with both international and Norwegian students on a group assignment where you will together study a selected area of law and find out how the different countries represented in the group, have different approaches to regulating that area of law. There will also be social and cultural activities for the students of the course, so this course serves also as an introduction to your semester in Bergen, and to getting to know the local students.

    Master/graduate level courses 2023/2024

    To study the courses on master level (graduate level), we expect that you have studied law for at least three years. The courses are taught as part of the fifth year of the Norwegian five-year law programme. Each course carries 10 ECTS, and the recommended work load is 30 ECTS per semester. 

    Master level courses are aimed at students in the 2-year and 5-year master programmes at the University of Bergen, and incoming exchange students. In addition, most courses on master level are also available to law students enrolled at other Norwegian higher education institutions, and to those who have already graduated with a Master in Law degree but would like to study additional subjects. 

    If you are an incoming exchange student from a 4-year undergraduate programme, you may already attend master level courses provided that you are in your final year.  

    The three year requirement does not apply to incoming exchange students who are enrolled in a law programme which is a second degree programme (e.g. Canadian and US law students).

     

    Autumn semester 

    • JUS3501 Free Movement under EU and EEA Internal Market Law
    • JUS3504 Comparative Private Law
    • JUS3505 Law, Regulation and Technology 
    • JUS3509 Competition Law
    • JUS3510 Energy Law: Hydrocarbons, Renewables and Energy Markets
    • JUS3513 Human Rights and Welfare Policies
    • JUS3516 Law of the Sea and its Uses
    • JUS3517 Comparative European Constitutional Law
    • JUS3518 Law of Armed Conflict, with Emphasis on Maritime Operations
    • JUS3519 International Civil Procedure 

    Additional courses from autumn 2024 onwards:

    • JUS3500 EU and EEA Institutional Law and Policymaking
    • JUS3523 International Criminal Law* (course description soon to come)

    Spring semester

    *Courses marked with an asterix have a limited number of places. See course description for more information. 

     

    Admission

    Please note that prospective exchange students must follow this nomination and application procedure and should disregard the application procedure described underneath.

    If you already are an exchange student at the Faculty of Law and would like to extend your stay with one semester, please find more information at the website for Extension of Study Period for Exchange Students.

     

    Who can apply

    Only applicants with a Norwegian personal identification number may apply.

    If you do not have a Norwegian personal identification number, you can find further information on how to apply for admission to other programs at the University of Bergen on the education website.


    Pre-requirements

    The admission requirements for bachelor level courses are two years of law studies. The admission requirement for master level courses are three years of law studies. You will find information about the requirements in each course description.


    How to apply

    You register your application in our online application database Søknadsweb. The application deadline is 15th of August for the autumn semester and 15th of January for the spring semester. Applications can be admitted from 1st of July for the fall semester, and from 1st of December for the spring semester.
     

    Documentation

    Students or graduates from other universities than The University of Bergen have to submit documents showing that they meet the requirements stated in the course description. The scanned documents are uploaded to Søknadsweb. We require all scans to be made from the original documents.  It is not necessary to submit documentation of degrees or exams taken at The University of Bergen.

    Note that all required documentation must be uploaded within the application deadline. Please make sure that the scanned documents you have uploaded are readable and of good quality. If the scans are not readable, or if the application lacks required documents, we will not process your application.

    If the original language of your documents is not English or a Scandinavian language, officially certified/verified copies of a translation into one of these languages must accompany copies of your original documents.
     

    Offer of admission

    Offers of admission will be sent by e-mail by 20th January/20th August.
     

    After admission


    Information for students with admission to elective courses:
     

    Semester registration

    Log on to StudentWeb in order to see the courses you have been admitted to and to complete your semester registration. The first thing you have to do in StudentWeb is to register for your courses, and to confirm the education plan for this semester.  You also have to pay the semester fee. All the information you need in order to pay the fee will be available in StudentWeb. It is very important that you complete this process before the deadline for registering.


    The deadline for registering for the courses and paying the semester fee is 1 September for the autumn semester, and 1 February for the spring semester.


    To log on to StudentWeb, you need your personal identification number, in addition to the four digit PIN code.  To access your PIN-code, go to StudentWeb  and click on “send PIN to your e-mail”.


    If you have paid/will be paying the semester fee at another Norwegian University or College, please find information about getting this registered at UiB here.


    If you have any problems with the registration in StudentWeb it is very important that you contact the Information Centre at the Faculty of Law before the semester registration deadline. You can contact the Information Centre by phone 55 58 95 00 or e-mail: elective-courses.jurfa@uib.no, but you can also visit the centre in the opening hours, weekdays from 09-14.


    Semester receipt

    UiB has introduced a digital student ID app for iOS and Android phones that functions as a semester receipt and student ID. If you do not have a phone that can run this app, or you need the semester sticker for some other reason, you can order this in StudentWeb.
     

    Student card

    If you need a student card, this can be obtained at The Student Centre in Parkveien 1. The student card gives you access to computer rooms and study halls at the university. The student card also gives you access to borrow books at the University Library. More information at The Card Centre website.


    User account

    It is very important that you register for a user account at UiB. This gives you a username and password that gives you access to Mitt UiB (My UiB), WIFI and computers on campus. Please note that you need the user account to be able to sit the exam.  Also note that it can take about an hour from you registered in StudentWeb until you can register the user account.


    Mitt UiB (My UiB)

    The user name and password also gives you access to Mitt UiB, where you will find important information about your courses. You will find the time schedule and all remaining information for your courses on the course’s homepage in Mitt UiB The page for the course(s) for which you have registered will automatically appear. You will be able to see the time schedule for the courses and any posted messages. It is important to keep yourself updated trough Mitt UiB, as this is where information about changes in the schedule etc. will be posted. Sometimes you may find teaching material that the lecturers have submitted in the subject’s file storage section.


    E-mail

    When you register for a user account, you will also be provided with a personal e-mail address. Usually “name.surname @student.uib.no”. Both UiB and the Faculty of Law will use this e-mail address to give important information to the students. It is your responsibility to stay updated and read your e-mails – some of the information sent out will not be provided in any other way. You can read and write e-mails at https://webmail.uib.no. You can also get access to your student e-mail account on your mobile phone, tablet and computer. Contact the IT-help at the information center if you need help setting this up.


    Student Pages

    On the web page Student Pages, you will find practical information relevant for you as a student at UiB. Among other, you will find information regarding exams and how to order transcripts.


    Regulations and procedures at the Faculty of Law

    Finally, you have to familiarise yourself with relevant regulations and procedures at the Faculty of Law:

    Examinations

    On the web page of each course, you will find information about the form(s) of assessment. Most courses have a final written school exam. However, some courses have either a take-home exam or an oral exam.

    Examination dates and locations for exams

    Courses which were offered until 2022/2023

    Below you will find the English elective courses which were offered until the academic calendar of 2022/2023. 

    Autumn semester 

    • JUS258-2-B / Competition Law
    • JUS271-2-D / Energy Law: Hydrocarbons, Renewables and Energy Markets
    • JUS276-2-C / Human Rights and Welfare Policies
    • JUS278-2-A / Comparative Private Law
    • JUS285-2-A / EU and EEA Public Procurement Law
    • JUS287-2-A / EU and EEA Commercial Law
    • JUS289-2-A / International Civil Procedure
    • JUS292-2-A / Introduction to Chinese Law
    • JUS293-2-A / Law of the Sea and its Uses
    • JUS296-2-A / Law of Armed Conflict, with emphasis on maritime operations
    • JUS297-2-A / Comparative European Constitutional Law
    • JUS298-2-A / Law, Regulation and Technology 

    Spring semester

    • JUS250-2-C / Health and Human Rights in the Welfare State
    • JUS271-2-E / International Climate Law
    • JUS273-2-A / Legal Philosophy
    • JUS276-2-B / European Human Rights
    • JUS277-2-B / International Copyright Law
    • JUS277-2-C / EU Copyright Law
    • JUS286-2-A / Constitution and Politics
    • JUS288-2-A / International Criminal Law*
    • JUS290-2-A / Comparing Legal Cultures in Europe
    • JUS291-2-A / EU and EEA State Aid Law
    • JUS294-2-A / Privacy and Data Protection - GDPR*
    • JUS295-2-A / Legal Technology: Artificial Intelligence and Law*

    *These courses had a limited number of places and/or were not available to all student groups/levels. See course description for more information.