St Petersburg University is the first university in Russia to open an educational programme that enables students to study the Japanese language and law. The University admission to this programme is expected to be incredibly high, say the experts of the working group that is responsible for opening the new programme.

It is the second time when the University has opted for a focus on Asia in educating and preparing lawyers: in 2016, SPbU opened a bachelor’s programme in Law with a focus on Chinese language and law. The average score was 96.13 points, while the number of applicants per a place with budget funding was over 47. In 2017, the average score was 98. 

“Currently there is a shift towards the East in economy, industry, and trade. Justly enough, the China leads the world in economy. Japan and South Korea are the countries of innovations. Russia should collaborate with them on various levels: from inter-state relations to small business, education, and research,” – said Candidate of Sciences (Law), member of the working group Nikota Kokh.

The long-standing collaboration should enable us to educate and prepare the specialists in law to build up a legal collaboration framework, said SPbU experts. In Russia, there is few, if any, specialists in the field, and the programme in Law with a focus on Japanese language and law is committed to solving the matter.

The programme incorporates three parts: Russian law, Japanese law, and study in depth of two foreign languages: English and Japanese. If you wanted to embrace these diverse disciplines, first you had to gain a degree in law in Russia, simultaneously getting to grips with Japanese that is a hard language to learn, and then go abroad to gain important international knowledge in law. All you have to do now is to apply to the University by submitting the USE test results (Russian, English, and social studies) and wait for the decisions for shortlisted candidates for entry.

The programme will bring together the experts from a diverse range of disciplines: law, linguistics, regional studies, political science, sociology, and economics. This holistic approach is based on the concept of the University that has the potential to integrate innovations into the conceptual framework of traditional education.

The programme enables students to gain a degree in law and it is practice oriented. Its graduates are expected to be highly competitive on the labour market as the programme offers a uqniue experience to undergraduate student, including the opportunity to learn from the employers and business representatives.

Deputy Director of the SPbU Admissions Aleksandr Khurshudian

Students will be able to have internships at the public administration in St Petersburg and Leningrad region, international legal companies, and Russian and international enterprises.

This degree, as it is holistic and interdisciplinary in nature, prepares students for employment in a wide variety of occupations in consulting, legislation, law enforcement. What career path our graduates will choose for themselves is anyone’s guess. One things is sure, they will be highly competitive on the labour market.

“There is no assumption that our Law graduates pursue a legal career only. If you look at the disciplines the programme offers, you may conclude that the programme more focuses on the private law, in particular on commercial law and corporate law, that are at the forefront of jurisdiction and highly demanded on the market. However, the programme is structured in such a way that it equips its students with the best opportunities in all areas of law, while in-depth learning of two foreign languages is expected to accelerate their career path”, — said SPbU Associate Professor Ilia Vasiliev, who is also a member of the working group to open the programme.