The legal profession is always attractive for applicants and in demand. And it’s quite justified and easy to explain:

  • the average income of a lawyer is twice that of an average Russian;
  • the prestige of the profession;
  • the appeal of the image of a lawyer, a prosecutor, a judge;
  • The position of legal adviser is now found in almost all organizations, and notaries are always in demand;
  • there’s a high probability of a civil servant placement;
  • despite the complexity, the legal work is not harmful, not hard;
  • a lot of opportunities to make a living;
  • knowing the laws is extremely useful in our lives;
  • work in the legislative system contributes to the emergence of useful links, etc.

The sharp growth of those wishing to become lawyers in the 90s led to the fact that such specialists began to be trained not only by Russian law schools, but also by many non-core universities, which led to a decrease in the quality of training of future law officers.

The legal profession is complex and requires knowledge of related fields: rhetoric, psychology, logic. A professional lawyer should be able to instantly navigate the constantly changing legislation, be prepared for the contradictions of laws and reality. That is why those who seriously want to build up a legal career strive to get into one of the best law schools in Russia. In total, there are about 1200 universities in Russia that train lawyers. Analysis of different ratings shows the following results.

The main criterion for current graduates is the level of potential salary. By that measure:

  1. The first place is traditionally occupied by the Moscow State University, the salary – 95 thousand rubles, the average score of the USE – 91.8;
  2. MGIMO follows the salary of 90 thousand rubles, the average score is 94.7, and St. Petersburg State University, the average score is 95.4;
  3. Kutafin Moscow State Law University – 85 thousand rubles, the average score – 87.3;
  4. Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation – 80 thousand rubles, the average score – 85.8;
  5. National Research University Higher School of Economics – 77 thousand rubles, the average score – 88.6;
  6. Urals Law Institute of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of the Russian Federation – 69 thousand rubles;
  7. 67 thousand rubles are earned by the graduates of the Moscow University of the Ministry of Internal Affairs of Russia named after V.Y.Kikotya, Khabarovsk State University of Economics and Law;
  8. NI Nizhny Novgorod State University. N.I. Lobachevsky – 66 thousand rubles, USE – 86.1 points;
  9. 65 thousand rubles. – PFUR, Samara University, SFU, Voronezh State University, Irkutsk NITU;
  10. Close the ten with a salary of 64 thousand rubles. Perm State Research University, Plekhanovka, Saratov State Law Academy.

All these institutions are state law institutes of higher education in Russia. Their passing score is very high. In addition to the basic USEs, applicants need a specialized society or a foreign one.

If we consider Russian law universities with budgetary places, then quite a lot of them are allocated to Kutafin Moscow State Law University – 818, MGIMO – 432, National Research University Higher School of Economics – 185, All-Russian State University of Justice – 119, Russian State University of Justice – 100. On the whole, there is a reduction of seats in legal specialties. In total 3397 budgetary places and 9147 commercial ones were allocated for 10 Moscow law institutes.


Becoming an excellent professional is quite real in a private university, where you can get higher legal education for a fee. The cost of training may be 110 thousand rubles. (Moscow State Law University), and 420 thousand rubles. (MGIMO).

A graduate of a prestigious law school receives 20% more salary than graduates of “ordinary” law schools. This is what HR agency evaluations say. Legal education as a second university degree is a great help in your career. However, it is worth remembering that the success of a future career depends more on personal qualities and diligence than on the place of study.