Traditions and Innovations at the SUSU Institute of Law

South Ural State University has been training high-class specialists in the field of jurisprudence for a quarter of a century now. Today, the SUSU Institute of Law has expanded to seven departments. The institute provides state-of-the-art material and technical resources, allowing to organize the training of students at a high level. The Institute of Law combines scientific, educational, student traditions and introduces innovations in all areas of its activities. The goal of the Institute of Law is to form the legally-shaped worldview of a new generation of lawyers, which is possible only with the simultaneous development of science, educational technologies, and constant collaboration with employers.

Immersion into profession

In order to make the educational process practical to the maximum, a significant part of the classes is held in specialized rooms: these are two teaching courtrooms equipped with videoconferencing system; computer rooms with access to application programs, legal reference systems and access to the Internet; forensics laboratories and crime scene simulation houses; Expert Technology Research and Education Centre; Legal Clinic and Centre for Practical Jurisprudence, where students, under the guidance of experienced mentors, acquire real professional skills, for example, by providing free legal assistance to citizens.

The Institute of Law implements big-scale interdisciplinary research projects, working on them jointly with international scientists. These include such projects as LegalTech: Legal Regulation of Artificial Intelligence, Robotics and Digitalization of Law in the Russian Federation carried out jointly with the University of Maribor, Slovenia; Environmental and Legal Compliance jointly with Belarusian State University; development of a service for managing legal risks in the human resources area based on intellectual analysis of the text of legal documents (implemented jointly with Rensselaer Polytechnicinstitute, Troy, NY, USA).

Project-based learning and elite training remain an important part of the educational process: master classes by top-level lawyers, worldwide famous Russian and international professors; seminars by employers, and, of course, practice-refining of professional cases. Currently, the Institute of Law has concluded more than a hundred collaboration agreements with potential employers of graduates. These are the Chelyabinsk Regional Court, the Arbitration Court of the Chelyabinsk Region, the Ministry of Justice of the Chelyabinsk Region, the Prosecutor's Office of the Chelyabinsk Region, the Investigation Department of the Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation for the Chelyabinsk Region, the Main Directorate of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia for the Chelyabinsk Region, Chamber of Lawyers for the Chelyabinsk Region, and other organisations.

This year, the Institute of Law and the Chelyabinsk Regional Court have successfully organized and held for the second time the 2nd International Student Contest Named after Doctor of Sciences (Law), Professor Yu. Livschitz, who was among the originators of legal education at SUSU. The contest is aimed at increasing the knowledge of students in the field of administrative and criminal justice and its main specific feature lies in the simulation of the trial, as close as possible to the real one, allowing law students to put into practice the skills acquired during their studies under the guidance of practicing experts in the field of jurisprudence, such acting judges, lawyers, and prosecutors.

International collaboration

One of the proofs of the successful development of the SUSU Institute of Law is its international scientific and educational collaboration with international universities. These are international internships for students and academic staff members in China, Croatia, Austria, and other countries, collaborations with universities in Armenia, Belarus, Brazil, Georgia, India, Indonesia, Italy, Kazakhstan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, Serbia, Slovenia, Tajikistan, and many other countries. International experts in the field of foreign law from Brazil, India, Italy, Belarus also work at the institute.

Students take part in international contests and model trials. For example, in the Manfred Lachs Space Law Moot Court Competition, Leiden-Sarin International Air Law Moot Court Competition, and in the Philip C. Jessup International Law Moot Court Competition as a result of which the team of the Institute of Law was awarded a certificate of appreciation. Students of the Institute of Law actively participate in international schools, such as the Philip C. Jessup Summer School, the BRICS Young Leaders School, and also attend international round tables, conferences and competitions and perform brilliantly at them.

The Institute of Law successfully provides training in the English-language Master’s degree programme in Law and Digital Technologies, which covers issues of digital legal relations in the field of public and private law, as well as international and comparative law.

The Institute of Law is the organizer of the Global Summer School on Law&Ethics of Artificial Intelligence, which is co-organized by nine universities from around the world, as well as the International Summer School on Human Rights, jointly with the universities of India and Slovenia.

In 2021, the Institute of Law provided a new area of student training: Engineering and Technical Expertise. This programme is aimed at training specialists in the field of computer and technical expertise, digital forensics. In addition to specialized disciplines, this promising area also includes basic legal expert training.

In 2022, the Institute of Law has opened a new speciality: Judicial and Prosecutorial Activities. The speciality is aimed at training highly qualified and competitive specialists. Training in this specialty provides for an in-depth study of a whole range of disciplines revealing the specifics of the functioning of the Russian judicial system and the consideration of certain categories of cases by the courts, as well as the protection of human and civil rights and freedoms.

Employment of graduates

The institute gives students an opportunity not only to build a decent career in Russia, but also to become the most in-demand specialists at the international level.

Upon completing Master’s degree programme, graduates gain the necessary competencies to work as specialists and managers in Russian and international organizations.

Graduates acquire knowledge and practical experience that allow them to work successfully in the field of jurisprudence and forensics, guide legal innovation projects, including in the IT field, and ensure intellectual property rights in the context of digital transformation.


Admissions Committee telephone: 777-92-50,

Institute of Law website

Elena Titova, Director of the Institute of Law, phone number 8 (351) 267-90-34, e-mail: titovaev[at]susu[dot]ru;

Irina Beliaeva, Deputy Director of the Institute of Law, phone number 8 (351) 267-92-30,e-mail:beliaevaim[at]susu[dot]ru;

Natalia Tkacheva, Deputy Director of the Institute of Law, phone number 8(351) 272-31-38, e-mail:tkachevanv[at]susu[dot]ru;

Viktoria Kochetkova, Head of the Student and Academic Services of the Institute of Law, phone number 8 (351) 267-99-73, e-mail: kochetkovavm[at]susu[dot]ru.


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