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About the Programme

Through a broad interdisciplinary perspective, this Master’s programme aims to train highly qualified lawyers both for research and teaching careers at academic institutions and for work in non-profit organizations, as well as state and municipal agencies where they can develop and support concepts of institutional reform and models of state legislative policy.

Five reasons to choose the Master’s programme "Law. Research Programme"

Reason 1. Study at HSE

Classes will take place at the Higher School of Economics, one of Russia’s most dynamically developing national research universities. HSE is a solid academic space featuring talented and renowned faculty, democratic approaches to education, and vast library resources that integrate the most recent advances in Western and Russian scholarship. Classes take place in the evening from 6 pm to 9 pm, which allows people who are employed full-time to study in the programme.

Reason 2. Interdisciplinary nature of the programme

The Master’s programme in History, Theory, and Philosophy of Law takes an interdisciplinary approach, engaging experts to teach a variety of subjects. It admits graduates of law departments, as well as departments of philosophy, history, sociology, and others. The programme is experienced in training Master’s students who come with a background in both the humanities and technical sciences.

Reason 3. Training lawyers who are analysts

This programme focuses on training lawyers who are also analysts capable of performing in non-standard situations and who have the knowledge to develop concepts of institutional reform and models of state legislative policy while providing analytical and regulatory support. Such lawyers are in demand everywhere – in government agencies, businesses, and higher and secondary legal education. A number of practicing lawyers have narrow areas of specialization, but lawyers who work in theory are rare and are highly valued on today’s labour market. This is not to mention the enjoyment that comes from intellectualizing about the laws governing state and legislative development, from understanding the issues of metatheory, from making judgements regarding models of legal policy and analysis, and from working out algorithms for the development of jurisprudence and education.

Reason 4. Renowned faculty

Faculty members include leading theorists on law and the state and historians of law, as well as specialists in Islamic law, comparative legal studies, criminal law and current criminal policy.

Reason 5. Balanced curriculum

The curriculum is balanced and includes the following blocks of courses:

1.      Study of legal concepts and doctrines (intellectual history of law)

2.      Study of state and legal institutions, their history and current status

3.      Comparative analysis of legislative systems (comparative legal studies)

4.      Acquisition of skills to work with legal documents

5.      Acquisition of skills for analytical work and legal forecasting

6.      Acquisition of skills for teaching and research

For more information, please contact the programme director, who will gladly respond quickly to any questions.

You can also visit the programme’s open house.


Anastasija Tumanova

Professor, Department of Theory of Law and Comparative Law
Email: anastasiya13@mail.ru
Email: atumanova@hse.ru