About the profession
A criminal lawyer is a legal expert, hired on a client’s request rather than a person required to attend a trial. As, according to the legislation of the Russian Federation, every citizen of the country has the right to do his own defense in court. Criminal defense attorney is not just a lawyer, but a specialist with extensive knowledge of the law and outstanding experience in safeguarding their client’s constitutional rights in any criminal case. Therefore, the main advantage of hiring a professional is the outstanding skills of the latter, which considerably raise the chances of acquittal by the court.
RUDN University's Institute of Law postgraduate program is implemented in compliance with the general strategy of RUDN University as an internationally oriented research university, closely cooperating with universities abroad. A postgraduate academic mobility program is quickly developing, as well as the postgraduate exchange programs with universities abroad (European countries and China). Students also have an opportunity to publish their articles in a prestigious scientific journal recommended by the 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 realized by the Institute of Law of RUDN University. The profound knowledge and analytical skills needed in the sphere of criminal law, gained during the postgraduate course, enable our alumni to realize them working in government entities, including the federal ones; as well as to continue scientific and educational activities both at Russian and foreign universities.
The research part of the program consists of the scientific analysis of legal, organizational and methodological framework of criminal procedure in Russia and abroad, including the ones relevant to preliminary investigation and proceedings, investigative and human rights activities. Postgraduates study such disciplines as: criminal procedure, criminal procedure in European countries, correlation between criminal procedure and criminalistics, problems and prospects of criminal procedure in the Russian Federation
Practical training is a mandatory component of the post-graduate curriculum. It consists of such practical activities of 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 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 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.
I would love to express my endless gratitude to all professors of the Institute of Law of RUDN University for the high level of professionalism and responsibility, demonstrated both in the educational process and in class management. The material studied in class is definitely relevant, urgent, interesting and useful. Besides, a definite advantage of the course was combining theoretical knowledge with practical experience. Thanks to the postgraduate course, I understood that I wanted to be a practicing lawyer, as well as to teach at the Department of Criminal Law.
Studying at the Institute of Law of RUDN University is interesting, professional and most advanced. In my opinion, students and postgraduate students have the best possible opportunities: participation in very prestigious international competitions, getting to know prominent foreign and Russian specialists, opportunities to facilitate creativity and develop scientific capacities; ability to travel, etc. I can say for sure that every student and postgraduate student has a real chance to achieve their goals. Where there's a will, there's a way. The Institute of Law of RUDN University always welcomes and encourages students’ initiative.
One of the best and most significant periods in my life is 8 years of study, in this kind, warm, and comfortable atmosphere. Looking back, I can see bright and joyful episodes from my student life, and want to express my gratitude to our university for this! The years of study made me acquainted with many wonderful people and, most important, gave me experience from high-class professors! While you are young, full of strength and energy, don’t waste your time: create, gain knowledge and seek self-improvement. The Institute of Law at RUDN University provides you with so many wonderful opportunities for this, just try not to miss your chance, and step forward to your dream! Appreciate it and realize that it is here and now that you lay the foundation for your future!