Law school

The Law School of Moscow State University is Russia’s leading educational and legal research institution. The school merges in its work the classical academic culture and the latest requirements of the job market. It is for a reason that the school’s motto is "Traditions and development".

About 3,000 students and postgrads study at the school.

Location

Main Building of Moscow State University

Moscow State University named after M.V. Lomonosov is located in Moscow, capital city of the Russian Federation. The university occupies a large well-groomed area in the west of the city. The Moskva River flows nearby.

Main Building of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University

The Main Building of Moscow State University stands in the center of the university campus, forming its nucleus. Students, postgrads and teachers work, study and live there. Sector "А" of the Main Building (the tallest tower, a 33-story high-rise) houses the University President’s office, the university’s administration, nonprofit organizations, some schools and departments (Mechanic and Mathematics, Geography, Geology), lecture halls, labs, libraries and reading-rooms, museums, a Community Center, a sports facility (with swimming-pools and gyms), cafeterias and buffets. In the Main Building, groceries, consumer goods and other staples are available at stores and kiosks where residents and employees can shop at their convenience. A consumer service center offers a wide range of domestic services, including clothing and shoe repair, photo services, a hair salon and a beauty parlor. The post office delivers and dispatches mail, cable and fax messages, provides phone services.
 
 

Other sectors of the Main Building ("Б", "В" have 18 floors, with towers up to the 24th floor, and "Г", "Д", "Е", "Ж" have 9 floors) house about 5,000 dorm rooms. Most common accommodation options are a unit with two 8-square meter rooms or a unit with two 12-square meter rooms. Also, there are one-room units, with larger or smaller rooms, and other options. There are 36 to 60 units per floor, halls, lounges, two or three kitchens.

The Main Building is surrounded by large parks, with alleys and tracks that are pleasant to run or walk.

Fourth academic building of Moscow State University

 
Fourth academic building of Moscow State University

On February 12, 2013, an historical event took place, with the ceremonial opening of the fourth academic building of Moscow State University on campus. The building houses the Law School and the Higher Public Audit School.

For the first time in the university’s history, a separate academic building was constructed for high-quality law education, with modern lecture halls, computer rooms, language labs, a courtroom, a situation center, a conference hall, a museum, a library, a chess club, cafeterias, leisure grounds and recreation facilities for students and teachers. The building has rooms for students’ and scholars’ research, for community work of student organizations, and auxiliary facilities.

Sports

Many specialized sports clubs run practices and competitions in the Main Building and everywhere around the campus — on the stadiums, sportsgrounds, tennis courts, in the three-room and athletics buildings. All students who have sports titles can attend the university’s specialized sports clubs for the entire period of studies.

Furthermore, all students of Moscow University can join other university clubs that bring together fans of various sports, including sambo, mountain-hiking, diving, baseball, women’s soccer, athletics, etc.

Everyone can get a swimming-pool membership or pass.

In winter, students go skiing and skating.

Athletes can spend their winter and summer holidays at the university sports and recreation camps, engage in outdoor activities.

Science

The Law School faculty are involved in a large-scale research program in various branches of legal science, making a substantial contribution to the improvement of Russian legislation, provide scientific advice to various government and international bodies on legal matters, take part in development of draft laws.

 

 

Teaching excellence

The Law School provides all the necessary resources to train highly qualified lawyers. The faculty includes more than 60 professors, doctors of law, over 100 associate professors, candidates of law. Individual courses are given by well-known scholars and practitioners working for government authorities and agencies and for private businesses.

Ranking position

The Law School of M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University is invariably ranked at the top of the most prestigious national ratings evaluating the quality of educational services, the scope of scientific work, influence on decision-making in the government and in the authorities in general.

System of support

Every curriculum of the Law School is supervised by responsible officers (academic registrars and economists) who are ready to provide individual advice on education-related matters by phone, email or in person.

In the past few years, additional efforts have been made to develop specialized interactive services on the school’s website, transforming it from a simple source of information into a working tool. For instance, an e-schedule system has been introduced, which helps students take control of, track and build their learning process along individual trajectories.

International cooperation

The Law School is successfully involved in international student exchange programs and "summer schools", where students are provided with an opportunity to get an idea of the academic activity in well-known foreign universities and to attend classes there. Currently, the Law School is engaged in long-term cooperation programs with universities of Regensburg (Germany), Salzburg (Austria), Skopje (Macedonia), New Orleans (U.S.), the Center for Transnational Legal Studies in London (UK) and others.

In addition, students can attend lectures of foreign professors and practitioners invited by the Law School.


Lecture by Kathryn Lorio
Dean of Loyola University
New Orleans College of Law (U.S.)

Summer school in Salzburg (Austria)

Career opportunities

Traditionally, Law School graduates are among the most sought-after specialists in the field-specific segment of the job market.

The Law School’s alumni are employed by supreme government authorities and administration agencies, courts, offices of public prosecutors, law firms, largest Russian enterprises, famous international corporations, the country’s most prominent universities.

In the course of training, students of the Law School acquire practical skills through mandatory internship at government authorities, offices of public prosecutors, courts, and they go through undergraduate training as well.

Since 2009, an Employment and Placement Center for students and graduates has been working actively at the Law School. Its mission is to assist in finding employment for Law School students and graduates; to provide information and advisory services to students and graduates, facilitating their successful career-building and boosting their professional growth; to promote business relations and other ties with corporate employers. Traditionally, the center has laws firms White & Case, Clifford Chance, and Lovells among its partners, as well as other businesses, entities, organizations and Russian authorities. The Employment and Placement Center is engaged in awareness-building efforts on an ongoing basis among students, arranges meetings with employers.

Streamlined enrollment procedure for foreign nationals

Foreign nationals only take entrance exams to be enrolled to Moscow State University. They do not have to pass universal state exams.

Pre-entry courses

A number of pre-entry training options are available, including remote learning. Catch-up Russian language classes can be arranged.

 

Moscow State University’s special status

M.V. Lomonosov Moscow State University has a special status among Russian universities, alongside St. Petersburg State University. The status is enshrined in Federal Law No. 259-FZ dated November 10, 2009. According to the statute, the university can establish its own educational standards that “may not be lower than the respective requirements of federal State educational standards” (Article 4, Clause 2).

Pursuant to that rule, Law School curricula for the training of BAs, specialists and MAs have been developed on the basis of the latest State standards and the highest requirements for legal education of today.

Every year, Moscow University enrolls about 4,000 international students and postgraduates from all over the world.

The Moscow University campus is a complex system, with a 1,000,000-square-meter floor space in 1,000 buildings and structures, with 8 dormitories providing accommodation for more than 12,000 students, and 300 kilometers of utility lines.

The MSU library system is one of the largest in Russia, with 9,000,000 books, out of which 2,000,000 are in foreign languages. The average annual number of readers stands as high as 55,000; they use 5,500,000 books a year.

MSU graduates receive the university’s unique diploma, in which all information is given both in Russian and in English.

New educational standards

Training of students in the Law School follows the Integrated Master’s Degree program developed on the basis of the 2011 MSU educational standard in the area of Jurisprudence. This standard is based on the following principles:

- continuity: it means that new curricula absorb the centuries-long best practices of training highly qualified lawyers at MSU, with a focus on a union between tradition and new approaches;
- integration: it means that training is built on the assumption that a bachelor’s degree is insufficient for successful work in a very competitive environment of the job market. Only a student who has received a master’s degree can be considered as one who has completed the full scope of the university curriculum;
- amalgamation of theoretical and practical training: practical studies account for a considerable amount of training under the BA and MA programs;
- combination of fundamental and field-specific training: it means that, first, all students must learn all the basic law disciplines that underpin fundamental training. On the other hand, a student can choose a specific profile of training, and afterwards, within the framework of their profile, a particular MA program.

Second, during their academic years, students complete four interdepartmental courses. There are 100+ interdepartmental courses available at MSU, focused on building the students’ general academic perspective and on the development of integral scientific thinking. Those courses embody obvious benefits available at MSU compared to other universities: a large number of schools and departments, unique equipment, rapidly growing infrastructure, the highest ratio of teaching staff per student (1:4), a large number of academicians and correspondent members of the Academy among the faculty, an extensive affiliated network, in-house educational standards.

Modern society needs not so much subject-matter specialists as people who are able to perceive scientific processes in their entirety and to bring about the synergistic effect of the interdisciplinary synthesis. Most interdepartmental courses are interdisciplinary by their nature, and they are designed to achieve a synthesis between two or more disciplines in order to demonstrate a link between different academic areas that may seem far apart.

Interdepartmental courses are given by the best lecturers of Moscow University, who are not only first-class scholars in their particular area, but who perceive its connections with associated fields of science and are able to deliver that knowledge to others in plain language and in an exciting form.

Library and Information Center (LIC)

The Library and Information Center (LIC) of the Law School of Moscow State University was opened in January 2014.

The LIC keeps only new literature on juridical sciences, starting from 2006 (year of publication), and most recent law-related periodicals. The books published before  2006 are still kept in the library collection of the second academic building, and the loan department for educational books still operates there. The MSU Fundamental Library has the most complete stock of books and other materials related to the research and learning profile of the Law School.

The LIC has two reading rooms — for  21 and 14 seats, and the Situation Center of Legal Initiatives, which was opened on May 27, 2014.

The LIC has two sectors in its structure:

  • the sector of reading rooms and information and bibliographic work;
  • the sector of book stacking, with a loan department for educational books. 

The reading rooms provide open access to educational and reference literature, periodicals on juridical sciences, and German-language law-related editions (approx. 900 copies) donated by the University of Regensburg to the MSU Law School.

At the LIC, 10 workstations with internet access and access to the university-wide electronic databases and catalogs of the Academic Library, legal information systems Garant, Consultant Plus, B.N. Yeltsin Presidential Library, copy services are available for the readers. In addition, Wi-Fi connection service is also provided at the LIC.

In September 2015, an electronic literature order system was launched at the LIC. This service is available from any internet access point.

The LIC hosts thematic book exhibits and showcases recent additions to the collection on a regular basis. 

Contact details of the LIC: 

1 Leninskiye Hills, Bldg. 13 (4th academic building), Moscow 119991, 6th floor, Office 618 Б. 
Phone: 8 (495) 930-46-09