About the profession
A career as an international lawyer has recently become one of the most in-demand jobs. This can be accounted for by the fact that more and more companies enter foreign markets, and connect with suppliers and customers abroad. Besides, international lawyers settle all kinds of disputes with foreign partners of Russian natural and juridical persons. Needless to say, such a lawyer should be a good legislation expert of many countries, understand the principles of civil and customs legislation as well as tax law. Access to the foreign market, initiating legal action in the International Court of Justice, carrying on foreign economic activity always requires competent legal advice. By providing such assistance, lawyers carry out numerous actions which help to protect the interests of juridical and natural persons. Herewith, they take into consideration legislations of many countries and apply them alongside with the Russian legislation.
The scientific research component of the program consists in the study of the system of international legal norms (rules contained in international treaties, international customary laws, provisions of soft law), regulating relations between states, international intergovernmental organizations and other international entities; the study of international legal ideas, principles, notions, categories, concepts characterizing essential features of international law, including the right to integration associations, as well as goals, methods and mechanisms of international legal regulation in foreign relations.
Post-graduates study such subjects as International Law, European Law, International Humanitarian Law, International Environmental Law, Scientific and Technological Progress and International Law.
Practical training is a mandatory component of the post-graduate curriculum. It consists of such practical activities such as teaching specific subjects, class activity management, scientific and methodical work on a subject, and acquisition of necessary teaching skills. The aim of the teaching practicum is the study of pedagogical, educational and methodical work at the institutions of higher education, and mastering teaching skills in conducting classes on various subjects from the specialized curriculum. The main objective of the teaching practicum is to show the results of comprehensive psychological, pedagogical, socio-economic and IT readiness of a post-graduate for teaching activities. Post-graduates also have access to fieldwork in government agencies, as well as Russian and international companies.
On successful graduation, alumni have an opportunity to apply their valuable knowledge in the sphere of international protection of human rights in state structures of the Russian Federation (Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Justice of the Russian Federation, Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation), in the Office of High Commissioner for Human Rights in the Russian Federation and the regions, international and Russian non-governmental organizations, in regional offices of international organizations in Moscow (The International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies, The International Committee of the Red Cross etc.), as well as be engaged in teaching activities at Russian and foreign universities.
For me studying at the Institute of Law of RUDN University has become that very first step upon the staircase leading to professionalism in the legal sphere. As soon as the studies started, the paths were laid out before me, and many opportunities were created. Participation in Jessup Moot Court Competition (Washington, the U.S.A.) and Telders International Law Moot Court Competition (The Hague, the Netherlands) opened up the world of international law to me, making me a part of the community of international law practitioners. Thanks to the university’s means and the quality of instruction, I was able to be on a team, representing my country in these prestigious competitions. The experience and considerable knowledge gained from our professors during the study, enabled me to twice to have practical training in the General Contract-Law Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
When you enter the Institute of Law, you have a whole world of opportunities, acquaintances, knowledge open up in front of you. And you can take my word for it, postgraduate course will give you all of it, if you want it and are ready to put some effort into it. It’s up to you to decide: to stay at home and get bored, or to try yourself as a postgraduate, and later as a professor. Step by step, not right away, it becomes easier both to study and communicate, to make decisions and choices. You learn to take responsibility, and by doing so you advance, setting goals and achieving them! I can say for sure, that this, and not only this, was what the Institute of Law taught me.
The process of education at the Institute of Law is not limited to classes and credits. Our Institute is innovative, with modern equipped facilities, as well as academic mobility. For example, we have an opportunity to study in summer school, or go study abroad, thanks to strong ties between the Institute of Law and its foreign partner universities. I would also like to mention our traditions and history, which allow the Institute of Law to boast of a unique atmosphere, where everyone feels as part of the legal community. Our university is not confined to educational process alone; it also concentrates on all-round development of students and postgraduates with the help of various youth societies and students’ clubs. Our alumni are not just qualified specialists; they are self-consistent social units.