| Faculty of Law
(Founded in 1981)
The primary objective of founding the Faculty of Law in 1981 was to fulfill the demands for lawyers in the region and to enhance considerably the education of future lawyers. Our aim is to give emphasis to practical experience in training. To this end, we have involved several excellent practising lawyers in the training. This aim of ours has been justified by the positive opinion of experts on the lawyers who have graduated here since 1986.
The Faculty runs university-level training in law in the form of full-time and part-time courses. The experts graduating from our faculty are aware of the basic legitimacy of society, the fundamentals of legal sciences, the most important laws of the Republic of Hungary and those relevant to the judicial system.
To meet the demands of the region, the management of the Faculty re-launched part-time training in 1994. Annually 300 students are admitted to this fee-paying course, which is conducted in an up-to-date form with the aid of modern teaching materials and lecture notes. The number of students (both full-time and part-time) is 2,100. In the coming years we expect to admit 200 full-time and 300 part-time students annually.
The undergraduate course lasts for 10 semesters for both full-time and part-time students. The total number of full-time contact hours is 4,200 hours, including the practical training hours.
The purpose of the lectures is to provide grounding in theoretical training. In addition to this, the seminars and the practical hours provide an opportunity for a better understanding of the target material, and the acquisition of practice experience. At the end of their studies the students choose a dissertation topic relevant to their personal interests. The degree is granted following the successful defence of their thesis and the final exams. At the same time the title of Doctor of Law is granted to the graduates.
The graduates can enter any of the post-graduate training courses run by the Faculty, such as specialisation in expert-trading law, insurance law, company law, economic-criminal law, or European law. In addition we run post-graduate training courses in law for economists, engineers and medical doctors.
Our doctoral programme offers 13 PhD courses for the applicants.
The launching of the training in law in 1981 at what was at that time called the Technical University for Heavy Industry, meant a milestone in the process as a result of which the University of Miskolc can rightly and properly be called "universitas".
As a lecturer who has been taking part in the work of the education of lawyers in Miskolc since the beginning, I can recall the excitement and high expectations that the lecturers and students both shared at the start of the academic year of 1981-82. "I wonder whether I made the right decision to come here" - this is what was on the mind of the new lecturers, both newly graduated and earlier practising lawyers, who had given up their former carriers to become university lecturers as well as of several first year students of law, most of whom had originally applied for admission to the University of Budapest or Szeged or Pécs.
From among the 1981-82 "lawyer" community of the university, be it either lecturers, non-lecturer staff or students, whatever turn their carrier may have taken since then, no one is likely to have regretted the choice of "coming to Miskolc". The enthusiasm, spirit of commitment and devotion to achievement of the first founding community has been passed on. As a result the Faculty of Law of the University of Miskolc has grown into a well-respected institution at home and abroad which is equal to the "elder brother" faculties of ELTE, JATE, JPTE in the field of law training.
It feels good to be one of the lecturers at the faculty and it is good to work here. Judging by the responses, the students also enjoy university life in Miskolc.
As the fifth dean of the Faculty, entering office on July 1, 2000, my and my colleagues' aim is to maintain the respected position of Miskolc law training and to respond to the challenges appearing at the various levels of training (undergraduate, postgraduate, Ph.D., and professional specialised training).
The "slogan" of the new management of the faculty for the next years embraces this objective: continuity and renewal With the cooperation of the faculty we can fulfill these requirements and can surely be justified to feel proud of being a "lawyer from Miskolc".
Dr. Miklós Lévay