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The Faculty of Law offers academic and professional undergraduate and post-graduate study programmes in law. To ensure flexible response and to keep up with the societal trends, the faculty implements contemporary study courses on personal safety, conflict resolution and mediation, means of electronic communication and the use of databases. We have set up a moot court lab what is a replica courtroom for mooting and gives the students the chance to develop their advocacy skills, write pleadings and motions and participate in court-like debates in a simulated courtroom setting.  

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A famous Latvian writer has said, “The law is the eternal bridegroom of justice”. The challenge of a lawyer is to make this marriage a success. Safety is an enduring value and the law is the art of lawyer’s skills and capabilities.

Prof. Andrejs Vilks, Dean, Faculty of Law

Our teaching staff consists of academics and practitioners with expert subject knowledge and previous or ongoing experience at national and European court institutions, the General Prosecutor’s Office, the Constitutional Court of the Republic of Latvia and the International Court of Justice. Visiting lecturers from other universities are frequent guests at our faculty.

 

Studies

The university’s historical background in medicine is the best prerequisite for the unique specialisation of the Faculty of Law in medical and social law not to be acquired at any other university of Latvia. The growing demand for medical law experts, in turn, is determined by the labour market and social developments: the raising awareness and understanding of one’s rights and attempts to enforce such, including both – the rights of patients and the rights of medical practitioners and staff. The coverage of social rights is equally extensive– the rights to education, the rights to diverse guarantees and the rights of persons with disability.

Starting with the academic year 2010/2011, Rīga Stradiņš University (RSU) is implementing the study programmes of the liquidated Latvian Police Academy offering specialization in police law at all study levels, including criminal law and investigative techniques (individual and operational).

The Faculty of Law also offers international law and European law studies that are of fundamental importance considering the contemporary focus on living in a single legal environment. The Bachelor of Laws and the Master of Laws awarded by RSU will be recognized and accepted by any European university you have chosen as your future academic destination. The academic post-graduate law studies are gaining popularity also among individuals whose previous education is not related to law: you will find on our students’ list sociologists, politicians, PR specialists, historians and teachers.

Just like in other RSU faculties of social sciences, the studies at the Faculty of Law are organised in modules what allows to broaden and deepen subject specific knowledge:  the dominant long study courses are supplemented by shorter and more intense study courses, whereby the number of subjects to be acquired within the academic year does not exceed seven to eight subjects.