The Maurice Thorez Institute of Foreign Languages
Moscow State Linguistic University

LEGAL STUDIES 40.03.01 - Public Law & Regulation

Specialisation: Public Law and Regulation

Degree: Bachelor

Study Mode: Full Time


Full Time: 4 academic years (240 ECTS)

Entry Criteria: Russian Certificate of Complete Secondary Education (or equivalent), with school-leaving Unified State Examination results in Foreign Language(s), History and Russian plus MSLU Entrance Test in social science.

Would you like to know the difference between the Russian system of law and common law jurisdictions? Are you interested in research and comparative analysis of terminology of two or more legal systems? Are you interested in combining law with studying at least two foreign languages? If so, then our university has an attractive option for you.

Programme Overview

Our 4-year Bachelor programme is designed to provide you with essential legal and academic skills necessary for the legal profession. You will gain a critical understanding of the law and apply your legal understanding to distinctions between Common Law, Continental Law and Russian Law. You will study fundamental areas of law including Civil Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Law, Law of Contract, legal practice, international law, and more. Uniquely, this programme allows you to combine legal studies with two foreign languages, one of them English.

At the end of your studies you will have an oral final examination in Public Law and Regulation. You will also give a viva presentation of your graduation research paper (Bachelor’s Thesis).

On graduation you can either continue your studies to get a Master’s Degree or go out to work for law firms, government agencies and corporations.

Year 1

The first year focuses on the general principles of the legal system and basic legal concepts. You will study the fundamentals of the Russian legal system as well as Philosophy, History, Economics and professional etiquette. In addition, you will develop your competence in your FL1, laying the foundation of FL2 (from the second semester) and refining your command of Russian.

Year 2

In the second year you will develop your knowledge of such areas of Russian Law as Criminal Law, Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, etc. These subjects are combined with intensive training in two foreign languages and an in-depth study of the legal system of the countries whose language you are studying. In addition, you will apply your knowledge to resolve legal problems in simulated cases.

Year 3

During the third year the curriculum will include Financial Law, Civil Law, Environmental Law, Family Law, and more both in Russian and FL1/ FL2. You will also develop key skills for legal study, including group work, researching legal materials and presenting information orally both in Russian and FL 1/FL2. The Faculty of Law has links with several European and Asian universities, so you may have the chance to study abroad for a few months.

Year 4

In the fourth year you will take on International Law along with some other subjects. A course in legal translation is a valuable addition to the curriculum. As part of the degree, you will undertake a three-week work placement where you can learn what it is like to work for law firms, government agencies and corporations. You will be allowed four weeks to complete your Bachelor’s Thesis.