Introduction

The Faculty of Law was established in 2003, and its first academic year began in the November of the same year. Its curriculum is prepared according to the below mentioned considerations.
In recent years, as a consequence of rapid developments on both regional and global levels, the structure of both state and society has been deeply influenced by international and supranational improvements. One of the expected results of this fact is the rearrangement of educational curricula into a form able to reflect this transformation. Due to the significance of the role it plays in society, the law discipline is at the forefront of this adaptation. For this reason the curriculum of the Atılım University Faculty of Law has been designed to take this reality into consideration. Two interrelated dimensions have been taken into account during the adaptation. The first is the teaching of English, the global language, and the other is the provision of knowledge related to newly emerged topics .In this context the traditional and basic branches of law are taught in Turkish as obligatory courses. In regard to the newly emerged fields, some are accorded obligatory status others are offered as elective courses. Courses from supplementary branches of law are also included in the curriculum. Some of these, as is also the case with courses from the newly emerged fields, are considered to be better taught in English.
In sum, the main goal or philosophy behind the curriculum is not to merely give information to students but to provide them with the knowledge and background that will enable them to access and process information and thus make well-reasoned judgements.