Pykälä Exchange membership
What is it?
Pykälä membership is required for all students wishing to participate in Pykälä events etc. As an exchange student you can and are recommended to become an exchange member of Pykälä. On a practical level membership can be seen as a Pykälä Exchange sticker on one’s student card. It’s also the certification of the membership if required to show in an event. You can join and pick up your sticker by visiting our office at Mannerheimintie 3B (5th floor). Note that you must be a member of the Student Union of University of Helsinki in order to be a member of Pykälä.
As a member you will get to experience the Finnish student life to the fullest! At Pykälä you will be able to take part in all the events that define Finnish student life such as academic dinners (sitsit), pub crawls and parties. And what would be a better place to get to know Finns than right among them? The dedicated students who volunteer to organize the events at Pykälä are more than happy to welcome you our Pykälä -family! You get to be a part of, as we like to say, the biggest and the most beautiful law students’ association in Finland
What does Pykälä have to offer?
We sell Pykälä branded merchandise at our office. Show your Pykälä pride or get some souvenirs such as hoodies, scarfs and overall badges! You can get yours any time during the Office opening hours (Tue-Wed 16.30-19.00 and Thu 10.00-14.00 during university terms. Please note that the office is sometimes exceptionally closed. If this is the case, an announcement will be put out here (in Finnish).).
Pykälä organizes dinner parties called sitsit. These academic table parties usually include a three course meal, singing, downing shots of vodka and standing or dancing on and under the chairs and tables. Sitsit is a fun, unique and traditional event but in this case traditional certainly doesn’t mean boring! Typically, sitsit starts at seven PM and the dinner is over by eleven. After this, the fun usually continues all night as an after party (4-5 AM). Pykälä also organizes a few sitsit a year in English for exchange students. It’s a great way to experience this part of student life in Finland and to get to know Finns and other exchange students.
Pykälä organizes many kinds of excursions, for example to law firms or major businesses. Most of the excursions are in Finnish, but these visits will be arranged to exchange students as well, depending on your wishes.
Parties and other events
Pykälä organizes parties in our club space and in various bars around the city center. Make sure to subscribe to our mailing list Pykälä-English in order to get information about events and ticket sales.
Please let the int. exec. know about any and all ideas or wishes you might have about excursions or other events for your exchange and we’ll do our best to make them happen.
You may have noticed that almost all students in Finland wear special overalls to different events. The Pykälä uniform is a burgundy coloured overall with Pykälä insignia on the back. All Finnish-speaking law students wear the same colour, whereas students from different faculties and Universities have overalls of different colours. The Pykälä overalls are available for order in the beginning of the autumn, but usually take time so if you’re not here during spring semester, it might not be worth it. Otherwise highly recommended, keep your eyes peeled for this! You will get the order information via Pykälä-English email list. You can also check the office for leftover overalls from previous years. There are usually one or two for sale!