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Bachelor in Jurisprudence

The Bachelor of Law in Jurisprudence program provides a comprehensive education in law to young students of Kazakhstan and other countries. Applying the best international practices, the program curriculum enables students to gain a strong basis of theoretical knowledge, to develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills, and to practice in negotiations and advocacy.

Program objectives:
— To educate well-trained, highly-effective lawyers and business people by developing the following professional competencies:
• Application of statutes and regulations, particularly in civil and business-related law;
• Drafting of legal documents, including statutes and regulations in both English and Russian languages;
• Communication and negotiation with lawyers from other legal systems;
• Representation of the clients in litigations and other legal actions.
— To provide a foundation for future legal scholars to pursue graduate studies in law, particularly, the development of the legal research skills.
— To foster students’ critical and analytical thinking and to expand their linguistic, technical, research and communication skills.
— To instill a sense of professional ethics that will allow them to resolve professional ethical dilemmas.

Intended learning outcomes for the Bachelor of Laws are that the student is able to:
– Correctly employ specific legal and political terminology
– Correctly interpret and apply normative legal acts, and provide legal advice
– Draft memos and other legal documents
– Analyze understanding of the role and influence of international trends on Kazakhstan’s legal system
– Effectively explain the specific features of the legal system of Kazakhstan and their relation to long- term process in the legal and constitutional history of the country
– Make legal decisions based on legal acts and ethical values
– Effectively process legal information in English, Russian and Kazakh
– Conduct legal research individually and in teams

MINOR IN LAW FOR UNDERGRADUATES

The School of Law offers students of other colleges two types of minor in law programs: 1) Minor in Law; and 2) Minor in International Law

To obtain Minor degree in Law students need to earn 15 credits

 

Minor in Law ECTS
Prerequisite
LAW1001 Introduction to the Legal System of Kazakhstan 3 5
Any four courses (12 credits) from the list below
LAW1101 Theory of State and Law 3 5
LAW2104 Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan  3 5
LAW2106 Criminal Law of Kazakhstan: General Part 3 5
LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part 3 5
LAW2110 Labor Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW2301 History of Political and Legal Studies 3 5
LAW2302 Philosophy of Law 3 5
LAW2303 Roman Law 3 5
LAW3301 Contract Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW3302 Tort Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW3303 Company Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW3304 Family and Inheritance Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW3305 Comparative Constitutional Law 3 5
LAW3306 Intellectual Property Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
LAW3309 Animal Law 3 5
LAW4509 Tax Law of Kazakhstan 3 5
TOTAL  15 25

 

UNDERGRADUATE COURSE DESCRIPTIONS OF BACHELOR OF LAWS PROGRAM

LAW1101 Theory of State and Law (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Previously listed as GEN1630

This course aims at introducing the students to the main important concepts and principles of the theory of state and law (TSL). The fundamental nature of TSL for all legal branches – both practical and special legal sciences, is explained. The interaction between the state and law is clarified. Students learn and analyze a number of major theories that describe the origin and nature of the state and law. The course provides a systematic description of TSL discussing the main characteristics, typology of the state, its forms and functions, the nature, content, sources, structure, application and interpretation of the law and legal norms. Students will discuss, in an interactive manner, such key notions as lawful behavior, legal responsibility, and legal awareness and culture. The main aim of the course is to provide the students with a balanced perspective on this crucial discipline combining both theoretical and practical approaches, as well as analytical tools to reflect critically on the major concepts of law pertinent for all legal disciplines, both public and private, in order to be used in their future legal practice.

LAW1102 History of State and Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Previously listed as LAW2101

This course considers the emergence of the ancient states in the territory of Kazakhstan and then examines the development of feudal nomadic monarchies of Huns, Turks, Mongol-Kypchaks and Kazakhs. Special attention will be paid to the major principles of the organization and activities of the Kazakh Khanate as well as the main characteristics of customary Kazakh law. Next, students learn the development of state and law in Kazakhstan when it was a part of the Russian Empire. Subsequently the legal status of Soviet Kazakhstan is examined with special emphasis placed upon the constitutions of 1926, 1937 and 1978. Finally, the course analyzes the development of state and law in independent Kazakhstan paying special attention to the process of the adoption of the Declaration of Sovereignty of October 25, 1990; Constitutional Law on Independence of December 16, 1991; the first Constitution of Kazakhstan of January 28, 1993 and the current Constitution of August 30, 1995. 

LAW2104 Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Previously listed as LAW2103

The course introduces Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan (CLK) as a leading legal branch science. It explains the notion, object, sources, system and methods of CLK, its basic principles and concepts. A characterizing overview of the Constitution of Kazakhstan is provided. The constitutional basis of status of the individual and citizen in Kazakhstan are discussed. The constitutional status of social political institutions (state, administration, state and non-state organizations, political parties, etc.) are reviewed. Students will familiarize themselves with constitutional basics of organization and functioning of such key state institutions as Parliament, President, Government, and judiciary, Office of the Prosecutor, local state and self-governing bodies as well as the Constitutional Council of Kazakhstan. Suffrage and the electoral system are discussed. The course is thus aimed at providing the students with up-to-date information and theoretical / practical knowledge on major pillars of CLK.

LAW2105 Administrative Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2104 Constitutional Law of Kazakhstan 

This course introduces students to the body of law governing the legal issues of state administration and state service. It deals with forms and methods of the state administration and explains the system of organs of state administration. In addition, students are introduced to the various legal administrative regimes and the principles of the organization of the state service. Since state administration is engaged in a variety of different spheres, the course examines a number of branches of the administrative legal structure. Furthermore, the course focuses upon legal issues of administrative liability and proceedings. 

LAW2106 Criminal Law of Kazakhstan: General Part (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW1101 Theory of State and Law

Previously listed as LAW2301

This course considers in detail the principles and main concepts of criminal law and legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan (CrLRK). Students will learn, from dynamic and comparative perspectives, specific rules with respect to the operation of criminal law in time, space and by person, the notion and various categories of criminal offences, incomplete offences as well as general conditions for criminal responsibility. The course will also extensively review the law governing complicity in a crime and the circumstances excluding, mitigating and aggravating the criminality of acts. Subsequently the concept, types and the purposes of criminal punishment as well as the conditions of the release from criminal responsibility and punishment are examined with particular attention to the specifics of the criminal responsibility and punishment of juveniles. Mandatory medical measures are also discussed.

LAW2107 Criminal Law of Kazakhstan: Special Part (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2106 Criminal Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

Previously listed as LAW2302

Criminal Law Special Part extensively reviews individual crimes and the particular punishments applicable to each. In particular the course deals with crimes against human life and health; against freedom, honor and dignity of persons; against sexual inviolability and freedom; against the constitutional rights and freedoms and against minor persons. Special attention will be paid to crimes in the sphere of economics, crimes against property and crimes against the interests of commercial and non-commercial organizations. Subsequently the course will examine crimes against public security, order and morality; ecological crimes and crimes against traffic safety. Finally students will learn rules with respect to the crimes against the fundamentals of the constitutional system and state security; corruption crimes and other crimes against state administration; crimes against military service as well as crimes against peace and mankind’s security. 

LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW1101 Theory of State and Law

Previously listed as LAW2201

This course introduces students to the fundamental concepts and principles of civil legislation of the Republic of Kazakhstan. The course deals in particular with the following major issues: (1) foundations of civil law in Kazakhstan, focusing upon application and interpretation of civil legislation, the exercise of civil rights and protection of freedom of entrepreneurship; (2) the law governing persons, including natural persons (especially their legal and deed capacity as well as entrepreneurial activities) and  legal entities (in particular their types and forms, issues related to their foundation documents, legal capacity, liability, reorganization, etc.); (3) the law of transactions with particular emphasis on the rules related to the execution, termination and invalidation of contracts; (4) the property law covering  acquisition and protection of the right of ownership, legal issues related to immovable property, state ownership, etc.; and (5) the law of obligations, including execution of obligations, methods of securing the execution of obligations, replacing persons in obligations and responsibility for violating obligations.

LAW2109 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: Special Part (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

Previously listed as LAW2203

The course provides a systematic overview of all types of individual contractual obligations provided by the Special Part of the Civil Code of Kazakhstan, obligations arising due to infliction of damage, obligations due to unsubstantiated enrichment, intellectual property rights, inheritance rights and international private law. 

LAW2110 Labor Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits) 

Prerequisites: LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

The course focuses upon legal rights and obligations of employees and employers under Kazakhstan law. Students not only learn the labor legislation, but also study related court cases, and draft employment contracts and acts of an employer. Areas to be covered include: (a) individual employment contract (including peculiarities of labor law contract against those of services contract under civil law) (b) worker’s compensation law and practice; (c) mandatory employment standards (duration of vacation, working time, etc); (d) peculiarities of some employment relationships including those of minors, women, disabled, government officials, etc, (e) social partnership agreements, and collective contracts, (f) trade unions (rights and obligations of an employer and a trade union), (g) mandatory safety standards and (i) government control.

LAW1001 Introduction to the Legal System of Republic of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None

This survey course provides a framework to understand the normative dimensions of the legal system of the Republic of Kazakhstan. It introduces students, through lectures, seminars and practical exercises, to basic legal concepts of law and state and subsequently exposes them to fundamental principles and doctrines of Kazakhstan’s legal system.  The course reflects the breadth and diversity of the legal system of Kazakhstan and covers the basics of its main branches, including: Constitutional Law, Administrative Law, Financial Law, Tax Law, Labor Law, Criminal Law, Civil Law, Family Law, etc. 

LAW3301 Contract Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

This course focuses on the law of contractual obligations covering the formation and interpretation of business transactions, legal limitations on the bargaining process, claims and defenses related to breach of contract, and remedies for breach. In addition, it explores legal peculiarities of each type of contract, i.e., purchase and sale, barter, lease, transportation, construction, bank servicing, loan, insurance, storage, and many other contracts. It develops necessary skills and competencies to draft and efficiently negotiate business contracts.

LAW3302 Tort Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

The second part of the course focuses on civil obligations arising out of injury (damage). It introduces students to the fundamentals of tort doctrine, focusing primarily on ‘injury (damage),’ ‘illegality,’ ‘causation,’ and ‘guilt’ elements required to establish conditions for civil liability, and types of liabilities, including personal injury, products liability, and moral distress, etc. Working on skills-based exercises, students will practice analyzing and applying tort principles to factual scenarios. Finally, the course deals also with the legal issues of unjust enrichment.

LAW3303 Company Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

The course builds on the introduction to legal entities.  Students study the concept, attributes and legal capacity of legal entities as well as rules related to the creation of legal entities; organs of legal entities; branches and representations of legal entities; reorganization and liquidation of legal entities. Besides students will study in detail various forms of legal entities: business partnerships (general partnership, kommandit partnership, limited liability partnership, partnership with additional liability and joint stock company), production cooperative, state enterprise as well as non-commercial organizations. The practical component of the course consists of drafting documents relating to the creation and operation of a legal entity. 

LAW3304 Family and Inheritance Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

Previously listed as LAW3209

The social, political and economic transformations which faced Kazakhstan in the last fifteen years made an impact on family relations and thus family legislation and inheritance legislation. The first part of the course examines the basic laws governing issues such as the definition of marriage; marriage contracts; termination of marriage; marital support; marital property; debts and family business in marriage as well as matters which regard parental rights and obligations; children’s rights and adoption. Cross-border cases, such as international marriages and international adoption are analyzed in the course. The second part of the course is dedicated to inheritance issues, such as the form and content of testament as well as the procedure of inheritance by law, in a case the testament is missing. During the semester the students will receive theoretical knowledge regarding family and inheritance issues and will be offered numerous challenging cases to solve in order to develop the ability to apply these laws in practice.

LAW3306 Intellectual Property Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

Previously listed as LAW3206

Intellectual property is one of the most important issues of business and of common life since it involves the rights of producers as well as those of consumers, the rights of authors and of those who enjoy their creations. The course describes objects of intellectual property rights and their methods of protection as well as remedies available to the injured party. The legislative regulation of copyright, patents, trademarks, trade names, trade secrets and appellations of origin of goods are studied within the course – from the point of view of Kazakhstani legislation and in accordance with international agreements on intellectual property. In addition, students will encounter novel contractual innovations such as licenses that protect open-source ware. Together with the theoretical analysis of IP legislation the students will be offered numerous cases to solve, which involve both local and international intellectual property laws. 

LAW3307 Land Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: LAW2108 Civil Law of Kazakhstan: General Part

Previously listed as LAW3401

The course analyzes legislative regulations of relations in the sphere of management, usage and perseverance of land resources of Kazakhstan. Rights and responsibilities of state, natural persons and legal entities towards the land are described in the course as well as difference between types of land: lands reserved for agricultural use, lands of municipality, industrial lands, and protected land territories, lands of forest and water funds are to be analyzed from legislative point of view.

LAW3308 Environmental Law of Kazakhstan (3 credits)

Prerequisites: None

Previously listed as GEN2721 Environmental Law

Environmental protection is a matter of everyone’s concern. The first part of the course consists of an introduction to environmental studies, and provides an understanding of the scientific study of nature; the relationship between human beings and the environment; corporate social responsibility; the causes and consequences of major environmental problems; and cost/benefit analysis to evaluate possible solutions to regulation of the environment. The second part of the course focuses upon the concept, principles and tasks of the Environmental Law of Republic of Kazakhstan, the legal mechanism of the protection of environment, the legal forms of the environmental control and the issues of the juridical liability for the violation of Kazakhstani laws regulating the use and protection of the environment. In addition, the course examines international agreements and policy goals dealing with the mitigation of the adverse effects of cross-border pollution and other environmental damage and the allocation of liability for that damage.    

Tuition & Fees

Scholarship opportunities
There are many opportunities for merit-based scholarships for Kazakhstani and international students.
While studying at KIMEP University, students may also apply for part-time positions available on the University campus.
Contact the Office of Financial Aid, if you would like to apply for scholarship.

At the successful completion of this Program, the student is able to::

  • Correctly employ specific legal and political terminology
  • Correctly interpret and apply normative legal acts, and provide legal advice
  • Draft memos and other legal documents
  • Analyze understanding of the role and influence of international trends on Kazakhstan’s legal system
  • Effectively explain the specific features of the legal system of Kazakhstan and their relation to long- term process in the legal and constitutional history of the country
  • Make legal decisions based on legal acts and ethical values
  • Effectively process legal information in English, Russian and Kazakh
  • Conduct legal research individually and in teams

Having achieved these learning outcomes, students are prepared to pursue further study of law at the Master level or to work locally. For example graduates will be qualified to work in:

  • Law Firms
  • Business Firms
  • Financial Services Firms
  • Government bodies
  • Independent law practice