The evaluation of higher education in law is carried out between 2020 and 2021.
Objectives of the evaluation
In accordance with the Education Evaluation Plan (2020–2023), the evaluation aims to provide an overview of the strengths and development areas in the field of law. It will provide information on the competence produced by the degrees, their relevance to working-life, and continuous learning. In addition, it will produce information about the capacity of higher education institutions to develop their educational provision to respond to the changing competence requirements and future landscapes.
Degree programmes participating in the evaluation
The evaluation of higher education in law focuses on:
- the degree programmes leading to the Bachelor and Master of Laws degrees, taught in Finnish and Swedish, and on the Master of International and Comparative Law degrees
- the Bachelor and Master of Administrative Sciences degrees offered in the field of public law by the University of Eastern Finland
- the Master of Social Sciences degrees with a legal focus offered by Åbo Akademi University
- the Bachelor’s or Master’ degree programmes in Business Administration providing specialisation in law and legal knowledge offered by universities of applied sciences
- the provision of continuous education in higher education in law at universities and universities of applied sciences.
In addition, universities’ Bachelor and Master of Social Sciences and Bachelor and Master of Science in Economics and Business Administration degrees with the main focus on education in jurisprudence will be surveyed in conjunction with the evaluation.
Themes and questions of the evaluation
The key themes to be evaluated are the competence-based approach of the degree programmes, relevance to working life, continuous learning, and the capacity of the degree programmes to anticipate changes in competence needs and respond to the changing needs of working life.
The key evaluation questions were:
- What kind of competence does higher education in law produce and how? (current state)
- How does higher education in law anticipate and respond to future competence needs? (future perspective)
- What is the working life relevance of higher education in law like?
- What kind of provision of continuous education and operating practices are there in higher education in law?
Evaluation data, collection of data and the timetable
- In the first stage, an overview and an analysis of the current state are produced on the basis of the data in the already available national feedback material (such as Vipunen.fi). In addition, self-assessment surveys will be conducted in the degree programmes participating in the evaluation. (Beginning of 2021)
- In the second stage, the overview and the analysis of the current state will be specified in more detail through evaluation visits, workshops and case descriptions. (Spring 2021)
- The third stage focuses on development and future perspectives. In this stage, the most important method will be development seminars and/or workshops, to which representatives of the participating higher education institutions, students, and working life outside the higher education institutions will be invited. (August 2021)
Planning and evaluation team
The Higher Education Evaluation Committee appointed the following members to the planning and evaluation team for the evaluation of higher education in law.
- Professor Jukka Mähönen, University of Oslo, University of Helsinki (chair)
- Manager, Professor of Practice, Manne Airaksinen, Roschier
- Lecturer Atte Korte, Karelia University of Applied Sciences
- Student Albert Mattsson, Åbo Akademi University
- Vice-Head for Teaching, Senior Lecturer Sampo Mielityinen, University of Eastern Finland
- Professor Johanna Niemi, University of Turku
- Judge of the Court of Appeal, Professor of Practice Mirjami Paso, Helsinki Court of Appeal.
- Managing Partner, Attorney-at-Law Johanna Rantanen, Dottir Attorneys
Publication event and evaluation report
On the basis of the evaluation data, the evaluation team will produce an evaluation report that will be published in FINEEC’s publication series in autumn 2021. A joint discussion on the evaluation results will be conducted in the publication event organised in the autumn.
For more information about the evaluation, please contact
- Otto Leppänen, tel. +358 29 533 5573, otto.leppanen @ karvi.fi
- Sirpa Moitus, tel. +358 29 533 5518, sirpa.moitus @ karvi.fi
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