Duration: 1 year (Full-time) or 2 years (Part-time)
Language of instruction: Russian
Format: On-campus
Special conditions: tuition fee waivers available
- Master of Laws (University of Manchester, UK)
- Certificate of Professional Retraining “Law” (MSSES, Russia)
Students study at the British master's degree program and the Russian professional retraining program “Master of Laws". Students independently create their own training program, choosing from 36 courses.

Some of the courses offer a comparative legal and supranational approach to legal institutions and structures. Students study supranational regulation of international trade and financial activities. The program introduces the European legal tradition and general legal principles that are the basis of civil law in any civilized society and act as an enduring constant of legal culture.

Some of the courses are focused on 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 construction and development of land plots; legal aspects of the economy of natural resources; information technology and law.

Students can choose theoretical courses or courses that focus on practice.
Graduates of the program are ready to pursue an international academic career and possess all the necessary tools for legal work in international companies.

The program is taught by prominent scientists, authors of influential scientific papers and well-known practitioners, employees of leading universities and higher courts of the country.
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 and comparative law.

Program features

  • The program is individualized, students choose subjects from an extensive list of 36 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 High Court of Arbitration of the Russian Federation, well-known academics and professionals, editors of leading legal publications.
  • Our evening classes (from 7 to 10 PM) make it possible to combine study and 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.
  • Students study the most popular issues of modern judicial practice and get the necessary practical tools to work at the international level.
  • The result of each course is the submission of written 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.
  • The best students serve as interns at the school of European law at Maastricht University.
  • Students master 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.
  • The course is flexible enough, allowing the students to complete the British master's program in 1 or 2 years.
  • Graduates receive a Russian master's degree and a British master's degree from the University of Manchester (UK).

What is a master's degree at the faculty of law of Shaninka or 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 you were. 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 you alma mater will hug you again.
Timur Kurbanov, 2015, lawyer

How is the training arranged?

Individual program building

The program is built according to the British standard: there is an extensive list of courses, from which students 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.
I try not to teach people, but to ask them questions and jointly search for answers to them in scientific papers and court decisions, to compare which position is most well-reasoned. As a result, people learn for themselves.
Maria Erokhova, PhD in Law, a lecturer at the Department of Law

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 the training, students write a master's thesis. The dissertation is evaluated by two faculty members and an external examiner. The face-to-face defense is not conducted. The dissertator receives a written review.
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.

The objectivity and validity of assessments is ensured by the control of an external examiner and the international Exam Board which awards the master's degree (LL. M) of the University of Manchester

Training Abroad

The best 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.

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.

Library resources and databases

The law department's library collection includes leading online databases. In MSSES, you can use the international base Nexis Uni. This is a huge digital archive of legal acts and court cases of the European Union, the United States, Great Britain, Mexico and the countries of the British Commonwealth. Here one can find tens of thousands of legal journals, monographs and commentaries on international law, information about companies and markets around the world.

Students can also use the library of the Russian Arbitration Center at the Institute of Commercial Arbitration.

Training program

Required courses:
  • Comparative law

Магистерские курсы (валидированные Университетом Манчестера)
  • Master's courses (validated by the University of Manchester)
  • Theory and practice of legal reception in private law
  • The general part of the civil code of the Russian Federation in judicial practice
  • Comparative corporate governance law
  • UK corporate law
  • Concession agreement as a form of PPP
  • Corporate finance
  • Antimonopoly regulation
  • The derivatives market
  • Information law in the digital age
  • System of property rights in the Russian Federation and foreign legislation
  • Contracts on the transfer of property
  • The contract for the international sale of goods
  • Real estate turnover in the Russian Federation
  • Introduction to the English system of real estate rights
  • Trusts in the International Lending Organization (ICO)
  • Hire purchase and leasing operations
  • Ways to ensure the fulfillment of obligations
  • General problems of the law of obligations
  • Basic provisions on a contract in common law
  • Performance of a contractual obligation and liability
  • Private international law. General issues
  • Remedies for parties to international commercial contracts
  • International transport
  • Injury and damage compensation
  • Current problems of bankruptcy
  • Current problems of civil and arbitration proceedings
  • International commercial arbitration
  • Actual problems of enforcement proceedings
The school has significantly expanded my horizons: both general and legal. It was a great pleasure to communicate with professional instructors who are incredible specialists in the subject, and at the same time are interesting people. The learning process itself was also, although difficult, very creative and interesting. In general, Shaninka left only positive memories:)
Sergey Laptev, 2011, Head of the Legal Department of JSC 121 ARZ


Graduates of the program of their choice can earn an LL.M University of Manchester in the following wordings:
  • LL.M
  • LL.M in Comparative Law
  • LL.M in Commercial Law
  • LL.M in International Business Law


Graduates’ careers

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
  • 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 climb the career ladder and significantly increase their salary.

  • Graduates open their own law firms. Sometimes teams are formed right inside the faculty and firms are organized by fellow students.
  • Novice lawyers become real specialists.

  • Experienced professionals make the elite of the professional community.
  • Graduates often move to leading management positions, where they realize their cultural advantages.

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