About the profession
Nowadays professional lawyers are in great demand. All branches of law are actively developing and the market requires highly trained professionals. The term ‘lawyer’ covers a wide spectrum of professions: attorney, judge, public prosecutor, notary, legal adviser, investigator. All of them have one thing in common: knowledge of laws and legal rules. A lawyer is a specialist who has all the necessary information concerning legislative framework. He collects factual and incriminating evidence, which enable him to arrive at a decision. This sphere is so wide that lawyers are classified according to the direction of their occupation. They work as defenders, prosecutors , experts, professors and judges.
The educational postgraduate program “Criminal Law and Criminology; Criminal and Penal Law” provides profound specialized study of such branches of law as Criminal Law, Criminology, Criminal and Penal Law, which enables graduates to engage in successful research, educational and practical activities. This course implies participation in research projects. Research projects conducted at the university are under the supervision of leading experts (attorneys, prosecutors, judges).
The research part of the program consists in the scientific analysis of legal, organizational and methodological framework of criminal law, criminology, criminal and penal law in Russia and abroad, including those relevant for crime classification, counteracting crime, improving the efficiency of punishment; as well as elaboration of lawmaking.
- Criminal Law and Criminology; Criminal and Penal Law
- Crime Prevention in the Russian federation and abroad
- Comparative Criminal Law
- Rights Management of convicted prisoners
Practical training is a mandatory component of the post-graduate curriculum. It consists of practical activities of post-graduates such as the study of specific subjects, class activity management, scientific and methodical work on a subject, and acquisition of necessary teaching skills. The goal of a teaching practicum is the study of basic pedagogical, educational and methodical work at institutions of higher education; and mastering 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 for teaching activities. Besides, post-graduates have an access to fieldwork in government agencies, and domestic and international companies.
The profound knowledge and research experience gained during the postgraduate course allow our alumni to conduct further research in criminal law and criminology, as well as comparative law. Alumni of the Institute of Law have an opportunity to successfully do the analytical work in government entities, including federal ones (the Federation Council and the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation etc.), in Prosecutor General’s Office, Investigative Committee, in large law offices, international organizations, as well as continue scientific and educational activities both at Russian and foreign universities.
I am proud of being a postgraduate of RUDN University's Institute of Law. The calling card for our postgraduate course is not only the characteristic high level of professionalism of our professors, but their attentive attitude towards each postgraduate student. The postgraduate curriculum has provided me with a unique opportunity to plunge into the world of science, to choose the occupation which I am now engaged in professionally. The studies gave me confidence in myself, in my knowledge, and ability to share my knowledge, skills and experiences as a professional educator. I would like to express my special gratitude to my scientific supervisor – Professor Ludmila A. Bukalerova, a talented scientist and a kind caring person, who can spark scientific research in any postgraduate student.
From the very first weeks of my study I was amazed at the expertise, proficiency and succinct of the three-year academic program. Professors at both the Master’s and postgraduate programs teach us disciplines and subjects which are vital to the profession. To concisely give account: the completion and intensity of the program, in order to really achieve results, requires much independent study; and in order to address certain additional sources, even the acquiring of certain working knowledge in a foreign language. But it is well worth it! And when you start your teaching practicum, you will be surprised when you realize how much knowledge you have gained from teaching students.
The Institute of Law warmly welcomed me and quickly threw me into the hectic life of a postgraduate student. The curriculum wasn't easy, but our professors always try to bring something new into the process to make things interesting. So what did I gain from the Institute during this time? There is no simple answer to this question. Everybody got as much as they wanted. As for me, first of all I received knowledge; the institute taught me how to work, communicate, make decisions in difficult situations; and of course to be true friends to each other. I hope to become a respectable competent young professional. And now I am not a freshman any more, but a postgraduate student at the Department of Criminal Law, ready to share the knowledge and skills obtained at the university.