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Pykälä – what is it?

Founded in 1935, Pykälä is the law student’s association in University of Helsinki. It’s a student organization that comprises virtually every Finnish law student in Helsinki, which means that we have about 1800 members.

Originally Pykälä was founded as a watchdog organization for law students’ rights. This is still a top priority. We seek to improve the quality of teaching and the conditions at the university and offer legal advice free of charge for all students of the UH.

However, we’re much more than that!

Our goal is to make studying and student life in general easy, fun and eventful. We organize different events like parties, excursions, academic dinners (sitsit), seminars and study groups on a weekly basis, just to name a few. We also have a small library, student life and pykälä related merchandise for sale and our own company that we run. We promise you won’t get bored!

We have our own club space in Sörnäinen where most of our events are held and an office in the city center. As an exchange student studying law, you are always welcome in Pykälä!



In Pykälä you find different bodies:

The Board (or hallitus, in Finnish)

is the main organizer and planner of affairs in Pykälä. There are eight people in the board of Pykälä. You can see their contact information here.

The Committee for External Affairs

known to members simply as UAV is the main link between Pykälä and the outside world. UAV organises special events for exchange students and international executive – the contact person for exchange students – is a member of this committee.

The General Committee

also known as YVK focuses on relations between Pykälä members. YVK organizes parties for all Pykälä members including Pykälä Exchange members. YVK-parties are an excellent way to enjoy Helsinki nightlife and meet Finnish and international students.

The Committee for Studies
works with people in the faculty in order to improve the quality of teaching.

The Committee for Corporate Relations
focuses on arranging excursions and co-operating with our partners in the business world.

The Committee for Legal Help
offers legal advice for free of charge for students in need. If you have legal problems don’t hesitate to contact them. You can find their contact information here!