The program: basic facts

The Law School offers traditional BA and MA programs in jurisprudence.

BA program (years 1 to 4). Students taking the BA program learn, in consecutive stages, the full scope of humanities, natural sciences and general professional disciplines. Furthermore, every student takes training in one of the following profiles: Public Law, Private Law or Criminal Law. 

PUBLIC LAW

The purpose of the Public Law profile is to train lawyers for public service on all levels of the government and of civic organizations. Graduates have in-depth knowledge and training in history and theory of public law; they can carry out law-drafting activities and provide expert opinions on anti-corruption practices.

PRIVATE LAW

The purpose of the Private Law profile is to train lawyers for legal departments of legal entities, including trade unions. Graduates have in-depth knowledge and training in history and theory of private law, and they are able to provide legal advisory services, to prepare legal opinions and court papers, to represent clients’ interests in courts and other government authorities.

CRIMINAL LAW

The purpose of the Criminal Law profile is to train lawyers for criminal investigation bodies, public prosecutor’s offices, courts, counseling and notary public offices. Graduates can investigate crimes, collect evidence, prosecute or defend cases, draft court papers, represent clients’ interests in courts and other government authorities.

The three profiles differ:

- in a set of mandatory academic credits and elective courses;

- in the thematic scope of term papers, BA’s graduation thesis and MA’s thesis;

- in places of internship;

- in the thematic content of the final state interdisciplinary examinations.

MA program (years 5 and 6). Students select their MA program based on their BA profile. Currently, the Law School has more than 20 approved MA programs in the most sought-after academic and research majors.

The curriculum and the work schedules for educational subjects can be found on the web portal of the Academic Office: www.cacs.law.msu.ru

The academic year at the University consists of two semesters — fall semester and spring semester.

The fall semester begins on September 1 and lasts for 18 weeks.

September 30: the deadline for the submission of applications, by fourth-year students, for thesis topic approval.

October 31: the deadline for the submission of applications, by first-, second- and third-year students, for thesis topic approval.

The test period usually falls on the last week of December. End of the test period: December 30-31.

Exams generally take place from January 3 to 26. The minimum interval between exams should be at least 3 days.

After the end of the examination period, students have a winter break, or holidays (until February 7).

The spring semester begins on February 7 and lasts for 18 weeks (in the first year), 16 weeks (in the second and third year), and 8 weeks (in the fourth year).

March 31: the deadline for the submission of term papers by first-, second- and third-year students.

The test period falls on the last week of the semester, and subsequently, the examination period usually lasts for 3 weeks.

After the end of the examination period, first- and third-year students have a summer break (holidays) until September 1, and second- and fourth-year students have an internship period