Legal Support for Asset Management

Legal Support for Asset Management

Duration: 2 years
Languages of Instruction: Russian
Mode of study: Full-Time
Field of study: 40.04.01 Jurisprudence
Programme name: Legal Support for Asset Management
Special conditions: tuition fee waivers available
- Master degree diploma “Jurisprudence” (MSSES, Russia)
- Ll.M  (University of Manchester, UK)
The courses of the program are united by a single topic: how to legally acquire assets, manage them, and protect them. Graduates are able to expertly analyze complex legal situations, solve legal problems, and develop a legal strategy for implementing business projects.

The main focus of the program is commercial law. Students study the most popular problems of modern judicial practice: asset management, types of special contracts, corporate law, protection of rights in arbitration courts, conclusion and protection of contracts with foreign partners, corporate finance, antitrust regulation, types of legal entities and forms of capital consolidation; forms and types of property rights in a comparative legal perspective; securities market; mergers and acquisitions of business companies; economics of decision-making in business companies; trust and securitization of assets, trust, and capitalization of private fortunes; real estate market; law and economics of linear objects; forms of legal support for building and development of land plots; legal aspects of the economy of natural resources; information technology and law.

The program is taught by prominent scientists, authors of influential scientific papers, employees of leading universities, and higher courts of the country, leading experts who determine the policy of development of civil legislation and judicial practice in the country.

The program is focused on practice and provides all the necessary tools for lawyers to work in international companies.
We teach that justice is a science and there is a scientific way to get fair decisions.
Dmitry Dozhdev, Professor, Dean of the Department of Law

Who is this program for?

Graduates of law faculties of Russian universities come for a master's degree and turn from novice lawyers into full-fledged specialists.
Experienced lawyers come to get into the top league, to join the community of the most popular and famous specialists in the field of legal science and practice.
Researchers come to pursue an international academic career in civil law and comparative law.

Program features

  • Individual training: students choose subjects from an extensive list of courses.
  • All courses of the program are copyrighted. The faculty consists of doctors and masters of British and American universities, employees, and retired judges of the Supreme Arbitration Court of the Russian Federation, well-known academics and professionals, editors of leading legal publications.
  • Training in the evenings from 7 pm to 10 pm makes it possible to combine study with work.
  • The classes discuss the most relevant and notable cases. All classes are held in the format of seminars and discussions, which allows you to gain new knowledge, learn to defend your point of view, and look at the same phenomena from different sides. Our courses provide the most relevant interpretations of the necessary knowledge and the most pressing issues and teach you to search for the most appropriate solutions. Thanks to this, students learn to reason keeping in mind the ultimate goal.
  • The main focus of the program is commercial law. Students study the most demanded problems of modern judicial practice and get the necessary practical tools to work at the international level.
  • The result of each course is written work-academic essays. All works are evaluated anonymously by several instructors, which guarantees the objectivity of assessments and versatile feedback on written works.
  • Students have the opportunity to regularly attend lectures by foreign scientists and specialists. For example, thanks to the Legal Education Center in Salzburg, the program is taught by lawyers and judges from the United States.
  • Students are trained at the Maastricht University School of European Law.
  • Students learn academic English and Legal English, which is necessary for professional communication and academic research.
  • Students take part in discussions with instructors and get advice from the best specialists in a democratic environment. Students become part of a professional community of reputable experts.
  • Graduates receive a Russian master's degree and a British master's degree from the University of Manchester (UK).

How is the training arranged?

Individual program building

The program is built according to the British standard: students can choose from an extensive list of courses, from which they choose exactly those that they are interested in and need for further work. Only introductory courses are required, and all other courses are optional. Students can choose courses either by delving into the topic they are interested in, or, conversely, by studying those areas with which they are not yet familiar enough. Novice lawyers will benefit from a package of orientation courses - methodological courses and courses on the basic part of the Civil Code, which introduce the main categories and principles of legal analysis, the philosophy of law, and the history of legal teachings. Students can take courses that are not included in their curriculum.

Class format

All classes are held in the form of discussions, during which different positions are faced to find answers and solutions. Students learn to defend their point of view. Discussions are seen as a laboratory for learning.

Some of the classes are held in the format of open seminars, where topical cases are discussed. These seminars are attended not only by the program's lecturers, but also by leading practitioners. Recent seminars discussed cases resolved by the Supreme court of the Russian Federation and amendments to the civil code of the Russian Federation.

The English language

Before starting training, all students are tested and assigned to groups depending on their level of training. Studying English at the faculty of law in Shaninka is divided into three directions:

A course of English to prepare for the exam in the format of the international IELTS test. At the end of this training, students must pass an exam with a score of 6.0, which is a requirement for obtaining a British diploma.
Academic English provides basic knowledge for working with English scientific literature. Students learn to structure the text and analyze it.

Legal English is a mandatory course in professional English. Legal Writing is taught by Professor and textbook author O. A. Khazova and graduates of the program masters of European universities. During the semester, students learn to understand English texts and master a professional vocabulary.

Thesis and written works

The result of each course is the submission of written academic essays. At the end of their studies, students write their thesis.
Students choose a topic for their work depending on their own professional interests and career goals. Teachers advise students at every stage of writing.
All works are evaluated anonymously by several instructors, which guarantees the objectivity of assessments and versatile feedback on written works.

Training Abroad

In their second year of study, students complete an internship at the University of Maastricht in the international and comparative law program. There, students choose 4 courses and attend lectures and seminars on them, integrate into the educational process of the European University and get access to the library. Part of the cost of training is covered by the MSSES.


The program provides research, production, and teaching practice, in which masters can conduct classes for undergraduate students.

Foreign lecturers

American lawyers and judges from the center for legal education (Salzburg) give lectures on the US judicial system, bankruptcy law, torts, international commercial contracts, and international commercial arbitration.

The center for comparative law Rome-3 holds round tables and discussions open to all students of the faculty on topical issues of comparative private law.

Training program

Required courses:

  • Philosophy of law
  • Legal writing
  • Comparative law
  • History of political and legal doctrines
  • Current problems of corporate law
  • History and methodology of legal science

Optional courses:

  • Current problems of bankruptcy
  • Current problems of civil and arbitration proceedings
  • Leasing and leasing operations
  • Real estate turnover
  • General part of the civil code of the Russian Federation in judicial practice
  • Ways to ensure the fulfillment of obligations
  • Trusts in the International Lending Organisation (the ILO)
  • Information law in the digital age-asset management
  • Corporate finance
  • Antimonopoly regulation
  • The derivatives market
  • Performance of a contractual obligation and liability
  • Concession agreement as a form of PPP
  • UK corporate law
  • Actual problems of enforcement proceedings
  • General problems of the law of obligations

Career of graduates

Graduates are able to:
- find solutions to legal problems related to participation in a legal entity and participation of a legal entity in civil turnover;
- determine the legal form suitable for conducting business through a legal entity, takeover or restructuring of a legal entity;
- adequately interpret current legislation and court decisions;
- expertly analyze complex legal situations;
- develop a legal strategy for implementing business projects;
- provide professional advice on the legal and regulatory context of doing business and performing financial transactions.
- provide a scientifically sound interpretation of legal acts regulating business activities;
- analyze and give a functional assessment of legal situations that arise when doing business;
- scientifically substantiate the application of regulations to specific situations in business relations.

Graduates know the current pain points of protecting the rights of entrepreneurs from the inside and can follow the logic of court decisions and trends in the development of private law in the country. They can work in the judiciary, the Bar, notaries, government organizations, the legal service of commercial and non-commercial organizations, as well as in research organizations, higher educational institutions.
  • Students can continue their academic career and go for a PhD in foreign universities. MSSES cooperates with the University of Turin and implements a joint PhD program in law.
  • Graduates move up the career ladder and significantly increase their salary.
  • Graduates move to management positions where legal literacy and understanding of the international legal context are of particular importance.
  • Graduates open their own law firms. Sometimes teams are formed right inside the faculty and firms are organized by fellow students.
  • Aspiring lawyers become self-confident specialists and become part of the elite of the professional community

Alumni reviews

I have thoroughly updated the theoretical foundation in the profession, which is important due to changes in legislation and judicial practice. I got a good habit of writing written papers, which greatly helps in preparing legal opinions and other documents (agreements, contracts, memoranda, etc.). I expanded my horizons and social circle. Due to the possibility to select courses, I was engaged only in what was interesting to me, taking into account the tasks in my professional activity. I fell in love with social activities. I received an impulse to further study science. My dream is to return to Maastricht, where we were on short-term training. I have gained solid theoretical knowledge in the areas of specialization of my choice-corporate law, property rights, etc. Written speech. Independent work with sources. Most of all, I remember the courses by professor Dozhdev. I felt like a bug against a block, listening with my mouth open and wishing I could reread all the books he mentions.
Roman Boronikhin, 2017, faculty of law, program "Legal support of asset management", head of the Legal Department of Russian Railways Terminal
What is a master's degree at the faculty of law of Shaninka or the Dozhdev School (as some colleagues say)? This is one of the best periods in any person's life. This is an opportunity to reflect and become better than I was. These are Dozhdev, Shirvindt, Yegorov, Bevzenko, Karapetov, Erokhova, Zaitsev, Belova, Budylin - I can list them and be proud of them further. This is the involvement in the process, the honesty and responsibility of the givers on the one hand and the recipients on the other. I remember our twentieth-anniversary graduation, when Theodore Shanin, with a tremor in his voice, concluded his speech with the simple words:"I would also like to hug you all." You understand that you can always go back to your native school and your alma meter will hug you again.
Timur Kurbanov, 2015 graduate, lawyer
MSSES made me change my approach to training and my perception of the profession. It also became a great foundation for my international career and gave me magical communication - professional and social.
Evelina Nesterova, 2002 graduate, Regional Chief Compliance Officer, Europe, DLL
This is my ticket to life! Thank you for your high professionalism, financial support and the opportunity to continue your PhD program in England.
Olga Novikova, 2002, a lecturer at the National Research University Higher School of Economics
MSSES gave me the opportunity to try out international standards of education, different approaches to education, and allowed me to dare and set significantly higher standards in my work and life than I could have thought of before the School.
Alexander Dolya, 1998, LLM, FCIArb, head of practice at the Moscow office of the Burlingtons Law Office)
MSSES has greatly influenced my life, it is not just a professional education, it is a rethinking of many things. Now life is divided into "before"and " after".
Ivan Khomenko, 2019, lawyer, Moscow Chamber of Lawyers
MSSES is a great platform for networking with proactive people who know what they want from life and strive for continuous improvement. It provides a wide range of" tools "that allow you to develop as a professional: you can only use or not use these"tools". The Dean's office is always open to your suggestions and does not look for a way to say "no", but, on the contrary, tries to help in every possible way. I am absolutely sure that this approach should be used in education if society wants to educate critical-minded people with an open heart.
Diana Krivopuskova, graduate 2019, lawyer, Russian Ventures (a venture capital fund)


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