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The Summer Law Institute represents a continuing educational relationship between the U.S. schools, the St. Petersburg State University Law Faculty and the Novgorod State University Law Faculty that has endured since the program's start in 1993, through some of the most momentous times in Russia's ongoing transformation.
St. Petersburg, the czarist capital of Russia, is one of the world’s most splendid cities. Founded by Peter the Great in 1703 on the delta lands of the Neva River at the easternmost tip of the Gulf of Final, St. Petersburg is a city steeped in the history and culture of western and eastern Europe, a center of such unsurpassed architectural richness that it has been called “a museum in stone.” It is the site of the Hermitage Museum, formerly the winter palace of the czars, the Fortress of Peter and Paul, the Palace of Catherine, massive cathedrals and elegant monuments. It is home to the world famous Kirov ballet, where Nijinsky performed and, in a later decade, Baryshnikov danced. In St. Petersburg Pushkin was born, Dostoyevsky wrote, and works by Tchaikovsky, Mussorgsky and Shostakovich debuted. The people of (then) Leningrad survived the 900 day blockade during World War II, receiving supplies over frozen lakes.
Among the architectural splendors of the city is the St. Petersburg State University, founded in 1724 on the Neva Embankment. The Faculty of Law is one of its oldest colleges; its graduates include Lenin and Vladimir Putin. In the last decade President Putin, a native of the city, has restored the city’s prominence and appearance. Summer classes are held in the law school.
For a student's perspective, check out what William Black (Summer 2010) had to say!
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