About the profession
A lawyer is a specialist who is very knowledgeable about laws and knows how to apply them. He provides advice on any legal issues, prepares contracts or agreements, consults on any legal theme, draws up contracts or agreements, and can represent his clients in court or in negotiations.
The profession of a lawyer is considered to be one of most noble ones, characterized by high responsibility. They defend the wronged and makes sure the criminal is punished. The work of a lawyer brings great moral satisfaction. Lawyer is a common term to denote all trained legal advisers: Attorney, public prosecutor, notary, legal adviser, labour or tax inspector – as representatives of the legal professions, each deals with a certain branch of law.
RUDN University's Institute of Law postgraduate program is implemented in compliance with the general strategy of RUDN as an internationally oriented research institution closely cooperating with universities abroad. The postgraduate academic mobility program is rapidly developing, as well as postgraduate exchange programs with universities abroad (European countries and China).
This provides them with the opportunity to publish their articles in the prestigious scientific journal recommended by Higher Attestation Commission of the Russian Federation – Vestnik Rossijskogo universiteta družby narodov. Seriâ Ûridičeskie nauki (“Bulletin of Russian Peoples’ Friendship University. Series Law”). Postgraduates participate in grant research projects through RUDN university's Institute of Law.
The research part of the program consists of: the study of relevant legislation; other laws, regulations and relations governed by them in the sphere of financial activity on the state and municipal levels on establishment, distribution and utilization of centralized and decentralized funds; history of development of financial laws and legal relations both in Russia and abroad. Postgraduates study the following disciplines: Financial Law, Tax Law, Banking Law; Financial Law, Tax Law and Budgetary Law of European countries; correlation between financial law, tax law and budgetary law.
Practical training is a mandatory component in the post-graduate curriculum. It consists of such practical activities for post-graduates as teaching certain subjects, class activity management, scientific and methodical work on a subject, acquisition of necessary teaching skills. The aim of teaching practicum is the study of basics of pedagogical, educational and methodical work at the institutions of higher education; mastering teaching skills in conducting classes on various subjects from the specialization curriculum. The main objective of teaching practicum is to show the results of comprehensive psychological, pedagogical, socio-economic and IT readiness of a post-graduate for teaching activities. Besides, post-graduates have access to fieldwork in government agencies, Russian and international companies.
Our alumni are in great demand at the labour market. There is an extensive range of options: the State Duma, the Federation Council, the Security Council, Ministry of Internal Affairs to name just a few, and of course there are always people who dedicate themselves to serving 'Her Majesty the Science' rather than doing practical activity. The fact that practically all staff professors – Doctors of Law - used to be postgraduates of the Department proves this.
What are the advantages of the academic degree? Besides a higher status, it gives professional and financial benefits. For instance, a specialist with a degree is given preference at publishing houses, author's royalties are much higher; the degree opens up the opportunity for teaching at university level; budgetary institutions and the military offer wage supplements and housing benefits (for example, an additional room to house your library). Such specialists are promoted faster, and occupy high-level positions. This academic degree guarantees you prestige and respect!
It only makes sense to write a thesis if you want to make a contribution to science, to discover something new and useful. Writing and defending your thesis is wonderful intellectual training which enables you to upgrade such essential skills for a lawyer such as ability to process large amounts of data; the ability to share your thoughts in writing, and to organize yourself and find common ground with many different people. If you trouble yourself with writing a thesis just for the sake of raising your personal status – it will not rise, because it should not rise…
Thorough work on your thesis, as was already mentioned, is serious intellectual training which cannot be compared to occasional writing of articles or holding seminars. First, a dissertation demands much more systematization and analysis of information, deeper insight into a certain subject, etc. than particular articles or seminar. Second, in most cases dissertations are written by fresh university graduates, who do not have, so to say, proper sense of law and understanding of its principles and mechanisms. It is not enough to have a theoretical base for writing a thesis. One should have some practical skill as well. So, the results of this work depends on the conditions (in the broadest sense) of the work. All professors at RUDN university's Institute of Law are willing to help with your thesis: where there's a will, there's a way!