Theory and history of state and law; comparative legal research

at RUDN University

Degree :
Subject area:
 Social sciences
 40.00.00 Law
 Moscow, Russia
 2 years
Study type:
 Full time
Language of instruction:
Start date:
Application deadline:
 Institute of Law
Tuition fees per year:
 USD 4700
117198, Moscow Miklukho-Maklaya str. 6

Course Summary

Profession focus:

Mastering the profession of a lawyer allows you to work in state and municipal bodies, public and private corporations, research and educational institutions. A lawyer should not only be well-versed in the field of law, but also have analytical and research skills in the field of jurisprudence. A lawyer can not be confined to skills of contemporary law and the state. Those arrays of legal norms representing contemporary law were formed gradually, accumulating historical experience of countries and peoples. Those state institutions functioning today have a long way of formation and development. Therefore, a lawyer needs to understand the nature and essence of law. Theoretical knowledge, research skills and methods of teaching the students master at the program allow them to work in different areas of the legal profession, open up opportunities in legal science and education.

Learning process:

Training at master's program "Theory and History of State and Law; Comparative legal research" allows you to master modern approaches in legal science, education and practice.
 Objectives of the program: preparation for research activities in the field of law; study of evolutionary development and the current state of the institutions of state and law in Russia and abroad; mastering the skills of conducting research in the field of law and methods of teaching law.

Goals of the program:
- mastering modern methodological approaches in jurisprudence;
- in-depth study of the theory of law, its doctrinal, dogmatic and practical components;
- formation of ideas concerning the evolution and the current state of the institutions of state and law;
- development of comparative jurisprudence as a field of scientific knowledge, study of existing legal systems in the world, their comparative analysis;
- clarification of the cultural and historical features of the Russian legal system, its place and role in the global legal environment;
- formation of legal research skills;
- development of interactive teaching methods of law.

Training at master's program is conducted by a highly qualified academic staff:

  • 6 professors,Doctors of Law,
  • 7 teachers , PhD in Law,  5 of them are associate professors.

The disciplines taught within the program are divided into the disciplines of the general scientific course and the professional course. Each of them consists of the basic (general professional) and elective components. The disciplines of the basic component are unified for all students. The disciplines of the elective component are divided into compulsory and optional courses.

Basic part

  • Current problems of theory of law
  • History and methodology of law
  • Comparative jurisprudence
  • Philosophy of law
  • Foreign language

Elective  part 

  • Legal Research Skills
  • Problems of the History of State and Law of Foreign Countries
  • Problems of the history of the home state and law
  • Legal systems of the countries of the world (Europe, North and Latin America)
  • Legal systems of the countries of the world (Asia and Africa)
  • Legal cultures
  • Problems of legal technique

Optional discipline

  • Codification of law
  • Teaching methods of legal disciplines
  • Muslim law
  • Problems of law enforcement activity
  • Sociology of law
  • The judicial precedent as the source of law
  • Theory and practice of human rights protection
  • Interpretation


During the training, students undergo scientific and pedagogical and pre-graduation internship.
In the framework of scientific and pedagogical practice students acquire experience in teaching basic legal disciplines; under the guidance of professors and teachers of departments they master the methods of interactive learning, get acquainted with effective models of teaching law and learn to apply interactive teaching methods.
The main form of conducting pre-graduation internship is research work, where students reinforce and deepen theoretical knowledge, acquire the skills of conducting research in the field of law. The main objective of practice for master students is to build the algorithm of research within the master's thesis. 

Admission Requirements

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