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Lessons learned from conducting educational multi-level programs of lawyer’s training: a case study of Tomsk State University

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Author(s): Vladimir Utkin

Journal: Social and Natural Sciences Journal
ISSN 1804-4158

Volume: 5;
Start page: 1;
Date: 2012;
Original page

Keywords: Educational programs | Professional education | Russian Federation | Law training | Tomsk

ABSTRACT
This article describes the experience in carrying outof educational programs of barristers and Masters in theInstitute of Law of the oldest educational establishmentin Siberia, Tomsk State University. Due to the reformsin Russian higher education that were launched some timeago, the majority of educational programs in higherprofessional education became twolevel.Tomsk StateUniversity joined in the activity at the beginning of the 1990s.A research group was set up whose task was to analyze theforeign educational systems and to work out a schemeacceptable for one of the oldest universities of Russia.We can not but admit the qualitatively different motivationfor studying that professionally qualified law specialists andbachelors have. The former, who are selfsufficientat thelabor market from the point of view of modern Russianrequirements, consider the master course to be the first steptowards their future scientificpedagogicalactivity and, whilestudying, start their research, pass candidate examinations.Master’s degree course is a really elite legal educationfor them. Bachelors from nonstatelaw schools,unfortunately, have a low level of fundamental and appliedknowledge of law. For most of them studying for Master’sdegree at Tomsk State University is only a means of gettinga prestigious state university degree which proves to becompetitive at labor market.The experience of Tomsk State University might be adaptedby specialists in the area of higher education both in RussianFederation and abroad.
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