About the profession
Administrative lawyers deal with legal relations in public administration. This includes legal relations of public authorities with one another and between them. Administrative lawyer field of specialization also involves cases defending citizens accused of committing an administrative offence, as well as cases of dismissals and bans on certain activities of citizens. The list of administrative offences is specified in the Russian Federation's Code on Administrative Offenses and in the Laws on Administrative offenses of Subjects of the Russian Federation. The main task of a lawyer is to prove that his client did not commit an administrative offence; either he can and should be given an absolute discharge, or an administrative ban should be lifted.
Postgraduate students work side by side with the department's professors in independent research and development; contract research and development; as well as other scientific research projects conducted by the Department. Young scientists take part in annual conferences held both inside and outside RUDN. Through cooperation with the Institute of Law, the department supports a Program of Academic Mobility for postgraduates. New contacts and postgraduate exchange programs with foreign universities are growing rapidly. The aim of this program is to provide deeper knowledge of the disciplines within the curriculum. Together the Department and the Institute of Law offer their postgraduate students an opportunity for inter-university and international study, resulting in thesis research and its presentation to the Thesis Committee.
- Administrative Law;
- Administrative Procedure;
- Administrative Litigation Law;
- Theory of Administrative Law Act;
- Theory of Administrative Law Contract.
Practical training is a mandatory component of post-graduate curriculum. It consists of a number of practical post-graduates activities such as teaching certain 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 the basics of pedagogical, educational and methodical work at institutions of higher education, so as to master teaching skills for 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 in teaching activities. Besides, post-graduates have an access to fieldwork in government agencies, as well as domestic and international companies.
Our alumni are in great demand in 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 those who dedicate themselves to serving 'Her Majesty the Science' rather than engaging in practical activity. The fact that most all staff professors – Doctors of Law - were formerly postgraduates of the Department proves this.
Of course, choosing the program was a conscious choice. Being a graduate of the University and having written my Bachelor’s dissertation in the Administrative Law Department, I realized that this is the place that could provide me a future of profound knowledge in what interested me. Also, the staff of the Department is very considerate to their students, and treats Master’s students as associates, which is very important. After getting Master’s Degree I had no doubts concerning my career. At present I am a postgraduate student, and I eagerly learn from my mentors and share knowledge with my students.
Postgraduates have every opportunity to achieve their scientific capacity: from making a report at a session in a science circle; to participating in national and international conferences. Being a permanent participant at various conferences, I particularly remember the one which took place in 2017 in RUDN University and was organized by the International Law Department. It should be noted that practical training of postgraduates of the Institute of Law was organized splendidly. As for employment, I should say that after presenting my thesis, I was offered a position as a staff professor in one of the Institute’s departments. By the way, this is mostly the rule, rather than an exception.
Believe me: It is not that difficult to succeed here. The Institute of Law offers so many opportunities for personal growth that one would have to be really lazy not to succeed. However, there are no lazy people here. You can become engaged in any sphere of interest. If something is to your liking and you feel is not developed enough, you will be very welcome to enhance developer yourself further in this activity! Personally, I can say that the Institute of Law gave me so much that I will never forget this wonderful place. I received scholarship for three consecutive years, twice went to Europe at the expense of the university, attended the Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot which takes place in Vienna, and made many new acquaintances. I managed to learn English, though when I first entered the Institute of Law all I knew was “apple” and “mother”. I gained so much valuable experience, which was not really related to the profession.