Russian Legal Studies Program

Students with a special interest in the Russian and East European legal systems now have the opportunity to receive a Graduate Certificate in Slavic, Eurasian and East European Studies: Specialization in Legal Studies. This program, the first of its kind at an American university, permits graduate students interested in issues relating to the legal environment in this region to pursue an interdisciplinary study of the subject.

Students who wish to pursue the Certificate in Legal Studies must satisfy the general requirements for the Certificate in Slavic and Eurasian Studies. This consists of completing a total of 18 units, representing five courses from three different disciplines and an interdisciplinary seminar. Two of the five courses taken must be from a single discipline, excluding the student's major department. In order to receive the Certificate, students will also be expected to demonstrate language proficiency in a Slavic or Eastern European language at the intermediate level.

Courses that count toward the Certificate in Legal Studies will be drawn from a list of courses offered in the Duke Law School, the Fuqua School of Business, the Department of Economics, the Department of Slavic Languages and Literatures, and other departments or schools that deal with law-related issues in this region.