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Law2Rīga Stradiņš University’s Faculty of Law offers the full cycle of legal studies: from three year bachelor studies to the professional and academic Masters and Doctorate. 

There are highly qualified specialists among the teaching staff of the Faculty of Law, who have worked, or are still working in the largest institutions of justice in Latvia and Europe: at the Prosecutor General’s Office of the Republic of Latvia, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia, the International Hague Tribunal to name a few. Students also receive guest lectures from lecturers from foreign universities.

The Faculty of Law offers three study programmes:

  • Academic bachelor's study programme "Law"
  • Academic master's study programme "Law"
  • Professional master's study programme "Law"

 

Law: study programme description

The academic Bachelor’s programme of Law is open to students who wish to gain theoretical knowledge in international, medical and social law and acquire skills in research in order to be able to carry out independent work in the field of legislation by applying critical constructive thinking skills and evaluating the work of legal institutions.

Title of Study Programme: Law
Head of Study Programme:

Andrejs Vilks, LLD, Associate Professor

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

6 semesters, 3 years, 180 ECTS

Degree Awarded:

Bachelor’s degree in Law

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programme is to provide students with vast theoretical knowledge and to train highly qualified and competitive specialists in law able to carry out research and consultancy work in the field of law.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Render knowledge on various themes in law, their cognitive and interpretative methods.
  • Promote the learning of law systems of the Baltic, EU and other regions, providing their comparative analysis and develop skills for the evaluation of legal processes in Latvia, Europe and the world.
  • Facilitate the mastering of skills needed for doing specific law studies, which would be based on up-to-date methodological principles.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Law the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 10 classes (6 lectures and 4 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays on lecture and seminar topics, presenting projects, passing tests and exams.

Law: Master's study programmes' description

The professional and academic Master’s programmes of Law are open to students who wish to gain theoretical knowledge in international, medical and social law and acquire skills in research to be able to do independent work in the field of legislation by applying critical constructive thinking skills in the evaluation of legal institutions.

Title of Study Programme:

Law

Head of Study Programme:

Andrejs Vilks, LLD, Associate Professor

Form of Study Programme:

Full-time studies

Length of Study Programme and ECTS:

3 semesters, 1.5 years, 90 ECTS (Professional)

4 semesters, 2 years, 120 ECTS (Academic)

Degree Awarded:

Professional/Academic Master’s degree in Law

Aim of Study programme:

The aim of the programmes is to prepare highly qualified legal specialists in medical, social and international law.

Main objectives of Study Programme:

  • Render knowledge on various themes in law, their cognitive and interpretative methods.
  • Promote the acquisition of versatile and deep knowledge in order to be able to solve law-related problems of social, medical and international nature.
  • Promote the incorporation of law experts in the labour markets of Latvia and the EU.

Assessment methods:

At the Faculty of Law the module system is used. The length of a course is 5 weeks; usually amounting to 10 classes (6 lectures and 4 seminars). Upon a successful completion of a course, at the end of the 5th week the student takes an exam. An important part of the evaluation and assessment system is participation in lectures, quality of answers in seminars, writing problem essays on lecture and seminar topics, presenting projects, passing tests and exams.

 

The University’s historic background in medicine provides the best foundation for a unique specialisation in medical and social rights at the Faculty of Law which cannot be obtained anywhere else in Latvia. The growing demand for specialists in Medical Law is in turn determined by trends in society: people are getting to know their rights more and more and are trying to exercise them. These are not only the rights of patients, but those of doctors and medical personnel as well. The spectrum of social rights is also wide: rights to education, rights to various guarantees, the rights of persons with special needs. 

Additionally the faculty also teaches International and European Law, which is important for living in a common legal environment. Students also have the opportunity to specialise in the Law of Policing at all levels of the study programme, including Forensic Science, Methods for Investigating Individuals, and Operational Investigative Methods.

The Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Law gained will be accepted by any European university in which the student plans to continue studies. For its part, the RSU Masters in Law is becoming even more popular among people whose previous studies have not been associated with law: sociologists, political scientists, public relations specialists, historians and teachers study here.

Responding flexibly to societal trends, the faculty offers, for example, a course of study about personal safety in current conditions, about conflict resolution and mediation, about means of electronic communication and the use of data bases. Students have, with the support of teaching staff, created a research laboratory with moot court processes, the preparation of court applications and intense discussions take place.

Just like in other RSU faculties, teaching takes place according to the module systems which promote a greater depth in learning: the dominant extended courses are supplemented by less important shorter courses, but during the study year the number of subjects studied does not exceed seven or eight.


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