Legal Education in Belarus
Although the international community regularly admonishes the Belarus government for violating human and voting rights, this Eastern European country remains a popular destination for students seeking to enroll in legal education programs, primarily because it is basically free to Belarussians and foreign citizens. However, registration, lab and book fees may apply in place of tuition, depending on the policies of public schools.
Fifty-one universities, colleges and vocational schools offer a variety of programs taught mostly in two languages--Russian and Belarusion. Law students can earn a "Bakalavr" (Bachelor), a "Magistr/Specialist Diploma" (Master) or a "Doktorantura" degree at a state or public-run higher education institution.
Legal degrees earned in Belarus are recognized in Europe, Asia, Africa and the U.S. Most courses have been accredited by the European Council and UNESCO.
Employment Opportunities for Lawyers in Belarus
Unemployment rates as reported by the Belarusian government consistently remain below the four percent mark but international labor committees suggest this low rate is due to people avoiding the mandatory registration process required of unemployed people because the do not want to participate in the mandatory public works program. In 2012, the World Bank determined that Belarus' true unemployment rate is probably closer to eight percent than one percent.
Students wishing to work in Belarus as a lawyers are recommended to specialize in international business law, Eastern European legal systems or other specialized areas that involve government and administrative fields of law.