University of Tartu to Begin Schooling IT Legal Specialists ({{commentsTotal}})

The University of Tartu
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Citing a lack of legal experts focused on IT matters, the University of Tartu will begin classes on the subject from fall.

Helen Eenmaa-Dimitrieva, a specialist for development of research projects at the university, told ERR radio that many Estonian IT companies currently receive legal help from abroad or send staff to foreign universities to learn the field.

Tiit Paananen of the Estonian Association of Information Technology and Telecommunications, said the university will create a new market in Estonia, which would also play a role in the international market.

He said legal graduates specializing in IT would have fewer problems finding jobs.

The Economy Ministry's Deputy Secretary General for IT, Taavi Kotka, said dozens of states have contacted them, asking for legal experts in the field. He said the ID-card system is 60 percent a legal matter and only 40 percent a technological project.

The university will begin teaching the classes in both English and Estonian.

A similar program has already been tested at the Tallinn University of Technology.