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Introduction to Swedish Law

You have been admitted to the course Introduction to Swedish Law at Department of Law, Umeå University. In these pages you will find useful information about the course. If you are not planning on attending the course, please decline the course at Universityadmissions.se or antagning.se. If you have any questions, you are welcome to contact us. You will find our contact information at the end of this letter. Welcome to the course, we hope that you will enjoy your period of studies here in Umeå!

How to start

  • 1. Your offer

    You have been admitted. If you want to keep your place (seat), you do not have to reply to your offer.

    If you do not want to keep your place you should decline your offer by logging in to 'My pages' on universityadmissions.se, and follow the instructions. You should click "I wish to decline this offer" next to the course or programme you want to decline.

    If you see "Reserve" next to your course or programme in the Notification of selection results, this means that you've been placed on a waiting list for that course/programme.

    Support for students with disabilities

    If you are in need of special support due to disability, you should apply for that in good time before you start your studies. Find more information about support for studying with disabilities.

  • 2. Course registration

    In order to start your studies at the course, you need to register for the course on the Student Website between the 9th of January and the 17th of January. Otherwise you risk losing your place (seat) at the course. You also need to be registered to be able to follow the course and to get your results recorded during the course.

    Course introduction takes place on Monday January 16th, 2023, time and place will be shown in the schedule

  • 3. Course start

    Monday January 16th, 2023

    Time: 14.15

    Location: See the schedule


About the course

  • About the course

    This course gives an introduction to Swedish law. The first part presents the legislative process and the legal institutions including the EU legal system. It also introduces the different sources of law and the legal methods, thus giving a general idea of the Swedish legal system. The second part focuses on a few, central fields of law. This latter part aims at deepening the understanding of the first part, as well as presenting some central notions of the chosen fields of substantial law.

    What will you learn?
    You will get a general overview of the Swedish legal system with emphasis on the sources of law and legal methods. A few areas of material law will be presented mainly as examples of the construction of both private and public law. The private law will be covered more extensively. Some comparisons will be done with the legal system of other countries.

    As the schedule will show, teaching is conducted through lectures and seminars. Attendance on seminars is mandatory! Much of the learning will be taking place working with the seminars, which requires you to take a great deal of responsibility in the learning process and that is not limited to the actual seminar itself. Thorough preparations are necessary in order to understand the discussions during the seminars. At the start of the course you will be divided into working groups of about 4-5 students. In these groups you will together before the seminars prepare the tasks which are to be dealt with later on.

    The grade of the course is entirely determined through a written exam at the end of the course. To the examination you are allowed to bring the course literature, the EC and EU Treaties and the translated Swedish Law, that will be will be distributed by the Department of Law (through Canvas). 

    Jennifer Edlund is academically responsible for the course. If you have any problems or questions of academic nature, you can e-mail jennifer.edlund@umu.se.


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  • Recommended arrival times

    International students are recommended to arrive at least a few days before the start of the regular semester, preferably prior to the Orientation. If you fail to arrive on time, you have to contact the study counselor as soon as possible, but no later than one week ahead of the course start, or you may not be able to register for the programme or course.

    If you will have student housing through the Housing Office at Umeå University you will receive information about your arrival in your offer of housing.

    Don't forget - Umeå has cold winters, so pack accordingly with a warm jacket, warm shoes, gloves and hat.

  • Orientation

    Moving to a new country with an unfamiliar language, culture and customs can be a challenge. We would like to help you and ease that challenge so that you can focus on your studies. Therefore, we would like to offer you the possibility to take part in our Orientation, which begins a few days before the start of the semester (Autumn) or the same day as the semester starts (Spring).

    More about the Orientation this semester.

  • Activate your user account

    As a new student, you need to activate your user account approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester in order to, for instance:

    • access the internet in computer labs and the university's wireless network
    • register for courses
    • submit assignments and verify your study results
    • access your student e-mail

    If you are a new student, you will automatically receive a user account when you are admitted, but you will need to activate it for it to function properly. You will not be able to activate it until approximately two weeks prior to the start of the semester.

    I want to learn more about my user account (Umu-id)

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    • building access
    • borrowing card for the University Library system
    • copying and printing card.

    To get the card, you need to apply for it. Here’s how to apply for the UmU card.

  • Join a student union

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    • Umeå Student Union
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    They are actively involved so that fellow students have a high quality of education, good working environment, and fun leisure time.

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    Learn more about Office 365 and how to install it on your computer



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