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There are two bachelors programmes in the Law Faculty: of the general extensive preparation —‘Jurisprudence’, and 'Jurisprudence: Private Law' which is being implemented by the HSE Faculty of Law in partnership with the Russian School of Private Law and focuses on training qualified experts in private law and other areas of jurisprudence related.

The Faculty of Law aims at training highly qualified experts in all fields of legal activities areas of the law. The graduates of the faculty are supposed to posses a solid base of theoretical knowledge and practical skills. They are capable of both working in a team and showing leadership qualities. The main role is given to the study of the legal regulation of economic relations. While studying the students can participate in project, research and expert activities connected both with national and international law.

11 master's programmes are intented for preparing qualified researches in various fields of law (master’s programme ‘Theory, History and Philosophy of Law’), training experts in legal support regarding the effective development of corporations and in international economic relations (master’s programmes ‘International Private Law’ and 'Law in International Trade, Finance and Economic Integration') and also legal practitioners (master's programmes 'Legal Support for Human Resource Management', 'Civil and Criminal Defense Lawyer', 'Lawyer in Public Justice and Law Enforcement').

Doing either a bachelor's degree or a master's one, students have an opportunity to form an individual curriculum. This implies studying both basic courses alongside with additional ones from the faculty and wide-university pull.

Master's programme ‘Civil and Criminal Defense Lawyer'

It is a new master’s programme; the first intake will be in 2018. This programme is aimed at preparing students for a future career as a forensic lawyer in civil and criminal cases. In civil cases, it is mainly associated with the judicial representation in the courts of general jurisdiction in disputes these courts have jurisdiction in. Concerning criminal cases, the programme is aimed at the training of defense lawyers in various categories of criminal cases with an emphasis on economic crimes.

Master’s programme ‘History, Theory and Philosophy of Law’

This programme combines in-depth study of theory and the history of state and law with a comprehensive understanding of the practical skills necessary for success in the legal profession. Studies include core subjects of classical legal education, as well as the most recent developments in legal theory and methodology. The programme is also aimed at providing lawyers with a broad interdisciplinary outlook, thereby preparing them for research and teaching at academic institutions, as well as careers in non-profit organizations, public and municipal bodies with a particular emphasis on developing institutional reforms and state policies through providing further analytical and legislative support. Through a broad interdisciplinary perspective, this Master’s programme aims to train highly qualified lawyers both for research and teaching careers at academic institutions and for work in non-profit organizations, as well as state and municipal agencies where they can develop and support concepts of institutional reform and models of state legislative policy.

Master's programme 'Corporate Lawyer'

The programme trains analysts and researchers who are able to apply tools and methods of legal support in order to ensure the effective development of corporations and business organizations. It also develops professional skills in the following areas: legal consulting, claims and litigation, governmental relations, tax analysis and consulting, corporate regulatory development and expert review, etc.

Saturated educational activities are combined with extracurricular activities; during the‘Freshman's Day’, which is traditionally held, the first and second years students become a united master's family.

Master's programme 'International Private Law'

This programme combines in-depth study of international private law theory with mastering applied legal skills, thereby allowing its graduates to work at Russian and international companies and organizations, research and educational institutions, governmental bodies, and non-profit organizations (e.g., bar associations). In addition, it employs a complex approach to theoretical studies in international private law. This, in turn, ensures students’ extensive understanding of how legal foundations are integrated with economics, the social sphere, and other subsystems of society.

Master's programme 'Legal Support for Human Resource Management'

This programme aims to train highly qualified experts capable of managing HR functions in line with all legislative requirements, combined with maximum and balanced consideration of key issues concerning labour relations. Graduates are able to apply their knowledge, skills and competencies in legal work at organizations and companies, including their legal and HR departments. Moreover, they are capable of working productively and effectively at the legal and HR departments of governmental bodies, as well as actively interacting as part of social partnership systems, representing the interests of employers and their associations.

Master's programme 'International Property and IT Law'

The programme is being implemented with the active participation of government bodies and business structures operating in the field of communications, information and telecommunications, as well as in cooperation with the UK universities.

As the information society is still in progress, these is growing need for lawyers able to work in changing social conditions that are formed under the influence of information and communication technologies. Graduates of this complex programme are capable of carrying out effective work in governmental bodies and business organizations with respect to information and communication technologies. They can also develop careers in research centres and institutions. The programme’s graduates are also able to meet market demand on the part of leading IT companies. As lawyers, they are knowledgeable in cyber law, telecommunications law, information law, and intellectual property law, as well as hold in-depth know-how about how legislation is developed and enacted. 

Master's Programme 'Law in International Trade, Finance and Economic Integration'

This programme is aimed at training a new generation of lawyers, who are able to work as professionals in international economic relations. It offers courses on the laws of the Eurasian Economic Union, the WTO and free trade zone legislation, regulation of the international financial system, foreign investment protection, etc. Furthermore, the programme seeks to meet growing demand for lawyers from export-oriented and transnational companies, governmental bodies, and international organizations.

Master's programme 'Public Law'

This programme offers a model for legal training that combines the theoretical foundations of law and political science with mastering practical legal skills. Furthermore, its graduates are able to pursue careers at international, public and municipal organizations, as well as carry out in-depth research.

The special feature of the programme is that it is filled with courses that can be combined under the conventional name 'power and economy'. This direction of the programme is dictated by the fact that in the modern era the problems of interdependence between the state and the economy are becoming more urgent.

Master's programme 'Financial, Tax and Customs Law'

This uniquely designed programme supplements the study of financial and tax law with a specialization in tax law and state regulation of foreign trade. It combines fundamental training in theory and the history of financial law and the study of comparative and international financial, tax, and customs law with professional courses aimed at preparing students to work as lawyers in public and municipal agencies, as financial and tax advisers for private companies, and as researchers in public finance and financial law.

The programme provides training of highly qualified specialists with modern knowledge in the field of financial, tax and customs law and capable of applying this knowledge to the state and municipal bodies, providing legal support for financial activities of the state and municipalities, as well as foreign economic activity of public authorities; also the graduates are supposed to demonstrate knowledge to provide consulting and expert services, legal support of business while the interaction of public and private finance, taxation and state regulation of foreign economic activity.

Master's programme 'Lawyer in Public Justice and Law Enforcement'

This programme aims to train highly qualified professionals who have relevant knowledge on developing legal and law enforcement systems, and on judicial law as an interrelated body that enables practical tasks of the judicial branch of government to be carried out along with reforms of the judiciary and related institutions and procedures. This programme aims to provide a comprehensive education that allows graduates to pursue careers demanding a higher legal education, such as those of judges, prosecutors, lawyers, notaries, and state officials.

Most Russian programmes in this field focus primarily on Russian legislative and judicial cases. This leads to a lack of qualified specialists who are familiar with international judicial systems and legal practice. The Master’s programme ‘The Lawyer in Law and Law Enforcement’ seeks to bridge this gap in teaching. It offers a course in comparative legal practice and studies international judicial systems and global standards in this area.

Students in the Master’s programme have the opportunity to develop individual study plans and choose a set of special skills and competencies from those offered by the programme.

Master’s programme ‘ Sports Lawyer’

The current decade for Russia is definitely connected with sports: the last Sochi Olympics, the two largest world championships — the 2016 hockey and the 2018 football season, and many other international tournaments —all these important sports activities took (or are going to) in our country. Moreover, there are lots of sports federations and clubs in Russia which often demand qualified legal assistance.

This programme trains lawyers in the various aspects of sports law, including a set of specialized competencies based on key areas, including labour relations, administrative, civil, taxation, arbitration procedures, international public and private law, etc. The aim of these studies is to develop an integrated approach to the legal regulation of physical training and sports, along with a system of legal support and defense for representatives of high-performance sports.