What programs do you have in the Center?

ICIL offers 3 programs. 

The first and the main program is the International Law Formation Program (ILFP). ILFP is an intense educational program that provides comprehensive knowledge of the principles, regulations, and subjects of International Law.

Secondly, ICIL offers intense winter and summer schools.

Thirdly, ICIL offers a graduate program focusing on training young academics on publishing in international law journals.

How long is law ILFP?

The Formation Program is a two-years long educational program that aims to promote International Law in Turkey. The first year of the ILFP provides the students with general knowledge of International Law, while the second year aims to help them find their area of interest and improve their academic skills.

How much is ILFP program cost?

ILFP is free of charge. There is a 1200TL fee in the second year of the program as the deposit of your stay in the program which will be reimbursed as study expenditure for a summer school abroad after succesful completion of the ILFP.

Summer and winter schools are subject to a redundant fee for ICIL students.

Do I need to take any prerequisites before I apply to ILFP?

There are no prerequisite classes or majors to qualify for ILFP. Yet, you must complete or be in the process of completing your public international law course at your faculty.

Are there any entrance exams required for ILFP?

The most common entrance criteria for the ones starting ILFP in the first year is the  Admission interview after submitting your application. In case you demonstrated a substantial background of international law and want to join the program in its second year, there will be a 2-hours written exam consisting of 3 essay questions.

What should I be looking for in the ILFP?

You should be looking for a good fit for you. This includes the atmosphere of the ILFP, the interest in an academic career and interest in public international law.

What do ILFPs look for in an applicant?

ILFPs look first and foremost for indications of strong academic ability. This is typically displayed through your undergraduate GPA or international law course grades. Additionally, ILFPs look for well-rounded applicants who have an interest in international law career in academia. Life experience and unique circumstances are also considered in the admissions process.

What ILFP classes do I take?

In the first year, you will typically take public international law for 20 weeks. The lectures will be given by Áquila Mazzinghy.

In the second year, you will take a 20-weeks long course on a selected topic (capita selecta) in international law. The lectures will be given by different scholar each week with the graduate system.

What is the graduate system?

The graduate system is what most people universities are doing where the student write reflection essays or answers to the assigned questions about the reading of the lecture. The answers and reflection essays are discussed in a pre-lecture session among the students.

What will I get after completing the ILFP?

You will get a certificate of completion of the ILFP. All the lectures during the program will be written on the backside of the Certificate. 

Do ILFPs offer language courses?


Do ILFPs offer scholarships?

Yes. After completing the ILFP you will be provided with a different amount of scholarship for your studies abroad including short courses. 

What can I do with a Certificate of completion for ILFP?

There are many avenues you can take with a Certificate. Mostly, it will help you to get acceptance from master programs of foreign universities. 

Can I apply to ILFP during working as a (trainee) lawyer?

It is not advised, especially in the first year of a program you do not have the opportunity to do both. If you do, it should be a part-time job. Once you have gotten through your first year, you should have more of a grasp on your time management and will probably feel more comfortable adding back additional responsibilities in the second year. 

Do I have to attend the winter and summer programs during ILFP?

Winter and Summer programs are is not required to be attended but it is advantageous in taking these courses as well. It is a real-life experience of foreign summer schools and making meaningful connections with foreign law students. 

How should I prepare for and during the ILFP?

Prepare for ILFP by doing well academically and being comfortable with reading a lot. It is helpful to take additional elective courses related to public international law during undergrad (although NOT required). You can also yourself by making extra readings.

When are ILFP application deadlines?

ILFP application deadlines are typically at the end of summer. This year it is 30 August 2021. Nonetheless, ICIL accepts applications on a rolling basis into June.

What advice would you give someone applying for ILFP?

Evaluate what you want to do in your career and see if ILFP is necessary to get there. It is typically a large time and intellectual undertaking to go to ILFP so make sure you are fully informed and aware of the cost.

What happens if I have a low GPA?

ICIL look at your application as a whole. If you have a weak part of your application, it is important to make sure that the rest of the application is as strong as it can be. While IELTS/YDS and GPA are not everything, they are indicators of academic ability, so every other part of your application must speak to your ability to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. 

What if my question hasn’t been answered?

Please reach out to our admission@icil.org.tr with any additional questions you may have about the application process.