The Kutafin Moscow State Law University’s history goes back to December 1931 when the Government made a decision to widen higher legal education in order to provide the state with sufficient number of qualified lawyers.

Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) (before until 2012 – Moscow State Law Academy - MSAL) is a recognized leader of a quality teaching and research in various areas of law in the Russian Federation. Today the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) is one of the largest law schools in Russia.

Since its foundation, the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) has trained many generations of highly qualified experts in a variety of law disciplines who are well-equipped and ever-prepared to tackle most challenging problems of modern legal science. Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) has awarded its degrees to over 170000 graduates. The number of its students in Moscow and in its five branches in other cities is about 15 000 including over 500 postgraduate students pursuing Candidate (Ph.D.) and Doctor of Law Degrees.

The Kutafin Moscow State Law University’s profile includes Civil Law, Constitutional (State) Law, Criminal Law, Private International Law, Public International Law, Forensic Expertise, etc. The Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) has ten Departments teaching law (among them there is Department of Energy Law, one of the first in Russia), 31 chairs with over 1000 teaching staff, including about 190 professors many of whom are well known in the international legal community. At the present time there are 18 Master’s degree programmes (International Law, Law of EU, International Trade Law, Banking Law, Sport Law, etc.). To meet target requirements MSAL offers individual and group internship and academic training for foreign law students and lawyers in various law courses.

All members of the academic staff, apart from teaching, are active researchers and annually publish dozens of monographs, textbooks, manuals, etc. which are widely used by other law schools in Russia and abroad. They also participate in national and international debates and policy-making in legal and related fields. To meet target requirements MSAL offers individual and group internship and academic training for foreign law students and lawyers in various law courses such as the course of the General Russian language together with the course of the Russian Legal language.

At present the Kutafin Moscow State Law University (MSAL) includes: Department of Jurisprudence, International Law Department, Department of Prosecutors, Department of Forensic Expertise, Department of Continuing Target Education (for those with non-legal higher education), Department for Professional Development and Re-Training, Department of Postgraduate Studies, Department of Banking and Financial Law, Department of Advocacy, Energy Law Department, Department of Postgraduate Studies.

Our Law University has many branches in the regions, such as Kirov Institute (Branch), Vologda Branch (Branch), Orenburg Institute (Branch).