Taught in Russian and in English

The Faculty of Law at the Moscow School of Social and Economic Science (MSSES) was founded by Professor W.E. Buttler, a distinguished comparitivists of our day. The program has been validated by the University of Manchester since 1995.

As a pioneer of Western master’s courses on law in Russia, the Faculty of Law assumes the highest standards of British postgraduate education:

  • - Complete freedom in course selection,
  • - Real competition among educational programs, courses and specializations.
  • - Exceptional recordkeeping, strictness, and equality in grading,
  • - Anonymity, objectivity and completeness in assessing written work,
  • - Opportunities to specialize and individualize general programs,
  • - Feedback,
  • - Topical library of training elements,
  • - Interactive instruction methods,
  • - Research-based selection of course and assessment content,
  • - In-house course and program development,
  • - Continuous monitoring of academic quality.

“Master of Laws” Educational Program

The faculty’s Master of Laws program aims to provide a deep understanding of the most important areas of jurisprudence, taking into account the modern needs of the Russian market for legal education. A Master of Laws degree requires candidates to demonstrate their creative potential, work independently, and solve scientific problems within a particular field of legal study.

Unique to the faculty’s Master of Laws program is its prominent comparative-legal and supernational approach to legal institutions and structures. Leading scholars, influential researchers, famous field specialists, and staff of academic institutions, leading universities and the country’s higher courts of law teach in the department. As such, in terms of content, the law faculty’s programs are equipped to meet the most ambitious academic needs. Over the course of their studies, students are expected to conduct research on a given theme to broaden their professional horizons and exercise their creativity. This self-directed research under the guidance of a respected specialist not only contributes to a degree, but also builds additional confidence in a student’s knowledge.

The faculty of law presently offers instruction in master programs that are concentrated on an in-depth exploration of the most important areas of jurisprudence, taking into account the modern needs of the Russian market for legal education. The law faculty’s masters programs include:

1) LL.M – A Master of Laws degree from the University of Manchester, validating the professional training received at MSSES. The degree can be attained over the course of either one or two years. Students may receive a general Master of Laws degree (LL.M) or a more specialized Master’s degree in the following spheres:

  • · LL.M in Comparative Law
  • · LL.M in Commercial Law
  • · LL.M in International business Law.

2) Russian Master’s Program – A nationally certified Master of Laws degree, in comparative and commercial law. Duration – two years.

3) PG – A post-graduate diploma from the University of Manchester that provides certification of additional advanced training. The program lasts one year and offers independent study and elective options.

A combined program for receiving both the British (1) and Russian (2) master’s degrees is also offered. The program lasts two years.

To be accepted into the program, students must already have a legal education (a specialist’s or bachelor’s degree). It is considered a full-time program. Classes are offered in the evenings and on Saturdays, and students individually choose their courses. Classes are taught in the Russian language. To receive a British degree students must complete four courses, (120 credits), pass an English proficiency exam (6.0 IELTS) and write a master’s dissertation.

All final assessments in the Master of Laws programs are done in writing, including essays, examinations, and dissertation.

The Russian Master of Laws program corresponds with the requirements of the Federal State Educational Standard and meets state general education requirements (including Philosophy of Law, Logic of Law, Comparative Law, Methods of Legal Research, History of Legal Doctrine), in addition to professional development standards, which consists of 6 elective units from the faculty’s masters program.

English courses are offered concurrently.

For advanced English students a course on legal English is also offered.


(112 hours)

Course Author –P.S. Mogilevsky, Cand. Sc. Law.

The Legal English course material covers key aspects of the most relevant branches of Russian Law, provides a framework for carrying out legal and international transactions, and explains the reasoning investors consider before establishing a business in Russia; explores the challenges of modern legal regulation in a number of branches (finance, intellectual property, corporate law, refinancing, bankruptcy, real estate, construction, labor and employment, tax law and the regulation of biomedical and pharmacological activity), and provides an overview of the specific character and the main institutions of Anglo-American Common Law. The Legal English course meets the basic needs of employees of international law firms in Russia and helps develop adjacent, corresponding skills.

Goals and assignments (competence and skills)

  • · To broaden a student’s vocabulary in different branches of Law
  • · To establish and employ the English legal vocabulary in the context of Russia’s legal realities.
  • · To provide pronunciation correction and allow for the development toward fluent speech.
  • · To practice the rational and grammatically correct expression of ideas in legal writing.
  • · To develop presentation skills.


  • · Studying Russian legal texts and the common law
  • · Conducting legal and linguistic analysis of a topical-relevant text
  • · Viewing and discussing multimedia materials
  • · Presenting reports and speeches
  • · Requiring written summaries of a work’s main arguments
  • · Analyzing the strengths and weaknesses of the presented summaries

Substantive concepts

Using British law in Russian transactions – comparative analysis.

Comparing Russian and British law in terms of the basic legal conditions commonly used in international transactions.

Reviewing the main characteristics of international mergers and acquisitions with the corresponding peculiarities that must be accounted for when such actions are considered.

Characterization of the market for mergers and acquisitions in the region; list of legislation, regulating mergers and acquisitions; pre-bid activity; announcing and publicizing offers; Payment; Buying minority stakeholders’ stocks, taxes and legal restraints.

International Joint Ventures

Analysis of legal structures commonly used in international joint ventures and the pros and cons of each structure in various cases.

Fundamental taxes affecting corporate transitions, dividends, buying and selling stocks, buying and selling assets, mergers, joint ventures, refinancing of companies and bankruptcy, and purchasing stock.

Patents, trademarks, copyrights, industrial patterns, private information, procedures for procuring intellectual property rights, fulfilling intellectual property obligations, and intellectual property rights assumed by another member of the company.

Review of the debt market, ensuring the fulfillment of obligations, guarantees, areas of risk to lenders, structuring of debt agreements, and taxation.

Cash flow and tax planning for conditional sales and purchases, description of markets and legal regimes, questions on issuing bonds, risks and risk minimization, cash flow, tax issues, and possible structures of securitization.

Due-diligence and integration after mergers, description of information security law, the right to personal information, spam and cookies, data processing by third parties, international information transfer, and regulatory bodies and their competencies.

Possible forms of law, statutory requirements, real estate law, taxes, customs fees, dispute resolution, and the particularities of labor law.

Planned Subject Matter

  • International Transactions – a Russian and English Law Comparison 
  • Acquisition Structures – International Acquisitions 
  • International Joint Ventures 
  • Mergers and Acquisitions in the Russian Federation 
  • Restructuring and Insolvency in the Russian Federation 
  • Labor and Employee Benefits in the Russian Federation 
  • Employee Share Plans in the Russian Federation 
  • Tax on Corporate Transactions in the Russian Federation 
  • Main IPRs, Data Protection, IP in Business Transactions in the Russian Federation 
  • Life Sciences Regulations in the Russian Federation 
  • Land Development and Construction in the Russian Federation 
  • Cash Flow and Tax Planning for Conditional Sale Contracts 
  • Securities in the Russian Federation 
  • Russia Investment Guide 
  • The English and US Legal Systems: An Overview 
  • Common Law Contract: Structure and Conditions 
  • Due-Diligence and Post-Completion Integration 
  • Disclosure in Common Law 
  • Warranties and Indemnities 
  • Remedies 
  • UK Labor Law

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