Russian legal education system is ready for change, introduction of mentoring is required
How can we improve our legal education? <...> It is not in the number of years we teach, but in a way we teach so that the education is of higher quality. <...> How many of our bachelors do not continue their education the first year after they graduate? Turned out, it is about 50% — Nikolay Kropachev, Rector, St. Petersburg State University.
We have traditionally understood the theory of law as the base of our education, sometimes the history of law too. Certainly, without those there can be no quality legal education... But we did not have mentoring in the law on education, and only recently mentoring functions have appeare — Nikolay Kropachev, Rector, St. Petersburg State University.
Is there a need for ideology in educational institutions? Of course there is, because education and mentoring are two inseparable processes — Olga Alexandrova, Rector, The All-Russian State University of Justice.
Is it necessary to address ideology in the process of education? <...> And how can we go on without ideology? We have a brain, we have consciousness – are we brainless creatures? Everyone should have some idea in their head. And we do — Alexander Bastrykin, Chairman, Investigative Committee of the Russian Federation.
It is not about the two degrees: the bachelor's and the master's. <...> The important thing is the quality of education people should receive from a really great faculty. <...> Some universities sometimes do not give any legal education, diplomas are simply printed out. Let me remind you: the Soviet Union was a large country, it had 57 law schools and departments for 280 million citizens. When the Soviet Union collapsed, the population shrank by almost half, yet there suddenly was 1,500 of them. <...> What kind of universities were these, where did they come from? Some were in basements, some were three rooms big... just a money-maker for some and just a diploma for others. Then came the attestation, they worked tirelessly for several years, out of 1500 only 112 have been attested, some of them refused to provide any materials at all. <...> Today there are about 450. <...> I generally advocate that we make a ranking of law schools — Sergey Stepashin, Chairman, Association of Lawyers of Russia; Chairman of the Board of Trustees, Territorial Development Fund.