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Law Department

Naukova Str., 13, building № 9
Phone of the dean's office: + 38 (056) 776-82-05
E-mail: dnu_pravo@ukr.net

Law Department, building №9

Historical Reference


Law department in Katerinoslavs’k university was opened in July 1918. The first dean became a lawyer, specialist in the sphere of comparative history of law F. V.Taranovskii.

In 1920 universities were reorganized into the institutes of folk education. Having decided to establish really the system of folk education, Soviet power took into consideration the social role of former legal forms of educational establishments. Before revolution university education was considered to be an elite one. In leading universities of that time the majority of students were the representatives of the nobility, officialdom, clergy, the merchants, low middle class. Mass illiteracy of population and a great number of orphanages and homeless influenced significantly the introduction of the new system of education. At the beginning of 20-s departments (institutes) of social education and professional training were considered to be as the most proper alternative for the former educational system. The primary task of a new organizational form of higher educational establishment was solution of the problems dealing with liquidation of mass illiteracy and preparation of children without a parental supervision to a full-fledged life. However, afterwards „turning towards future”– to the classic universities – took place. Renewal of university education in USSR became inalienable component part of cultural building – „cultural revolution” in the 30-s of the ХХ century. This was indeed a large-scale and many-sided activity with a strategic goal, stage-by-stage aims, intermediate tasks and concrete results.

Renewal of training of lawyers in Dnipropetrovs’k state university took place in 1989. Over the period of its existence law department has trained thousands of specialists – masters, specialists, external students among whom there are governmental officials, public men, employees of law enforcement authorities, private enterprises and establishments, higher educational establishments, other spheres of public and state life. Graduates of the department are employed at: public and local self-government, office of public prosecutor, justice, internal affairs authorities, security of Ukraine, establishment of advocacy, notarial system, legal services of state and private enterprises.

Authorities of the Department


Dean of the department – Sokolenko Olga Leonidivna – PhD, Doctor of law sciences, professor.
Assistant Dean on the scientific work and international cooperation – Berezhna Katerina Victorivna, PhD, Candidate of law sciences, associate professor.
Assistant Dean on educational work - Litvin Olga Petrivna, PhD, Candidate of law sciences, associate professor.
Assistant Dean on educational work – Kheilyk Volodymyr Volodymyrovych, senior lecturer.

Structural Divisions of the Department

Educational Activities


Department trains specialists on three educational qualifying levels according to educational professional programs of bachelor (I - IV courses), specialist (V course), master's degree (V course) training. Students of the fifth course, besides compulsory subjects, study optional courses in accordance with their specialization: „Constitutional law and state administration”, „Civil, labour and economic law”, „International law”, „Administrative and criminal law”. Graduates obtain proper qualification of bachelor on law, expert in the sphere of jurisprudence, public prosecutions and justice.

Basic educational disciplines: „Theory of state and law”, „History of state and law of Ukraine”, „History of state and law of foreign countries”, „Basic foundations of Roman civil law”, „Labour law” , „Land law”, „Ecological law”, „Civil law”, „Civil process”, „Family law”, „Criminal law”, „Criminal process”, „Criminalistics”, „Administrative law”, „Finance law”, „Customs law”, „Bank law”, „Currency law”, „Economic law”, „International law” etc.

Scientific Activities


In 2010 the collection of scientific works„Urgent problems of Ukrainian jurisprudence” of law department was edited.

Major directions of scientific researches of: department of theory of state and law, constitutional law and state administration - guarantee of rights and freedoms of a person and a citizen in Ukraine; comparative constitutional law; state administration, local self-government in foreign countries; Ukrainian legal inheritance; department of international law – present-day problems of European law; urgent questions of customs policy, international customs law; historiography and theoretical problems of history of state and law of foreign countries, history of the state and law of Ukraine, history of political and legal studies, history of diplomacy and diplomatic service; department of civil, labour and economic law - legal problems concerning the improvement and further development of present-day civil and economic law and process in terms of Ukrainian integration into the European Union; legal problems of land and agrarian reforms in Ukraine; urgent questions dealing with improvement of Ukrainian labour legislation according to the principles of European law; department of administrative and criminal law – issues dealing with prevention of offence and criminality; protection of public relations by means of administrative and criminal law.

Department has creative scientific relationships with Institute of state and law named after V. M. Korets’kyi of National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) and Institute of economic and legal researches NASU of Ukraine, Donets’k, Kyiv, L’viv, Odessa, Kharkiv national universities, Kyiv university of law, Dnipropetrovs’k state university of internal affairs, Academy of customs service of Ukraine, Moscow state university, Peoples' Friendship University of Russia (Russian Federation), Brest and Grodnens’k state universities (Bilorus’ Republic).

Results of scientific researches are represented in academic editions (in particular „Big encyclopaedic legal dictionary” „Legal encyclopaedia”), monographs, professional collection of scientific works of Institute of state and law named after V. M. Koretskyi of NASU „State and law”, textbooks including those approved by Ministry of education and science of Ukraine. There are scientific theoretical seminars, thematic „round tables” in which instructors of higher legal educational establishments and employees practitioners participate. Great attention is paid to the preparation of DSc and PhD dissertations. Students of the department, who take part in competitions and olympiads, professional youths organizations, in legal educational and legal training arrangements of national, regional, local levels, socialize with outstanding scientists and highly skilled experts practitioners are actively attracted towards the scientific work. The best students of the department are members of the League of students of Association of legislators of Ukraine, other public professional institutions. The department of students scientific society of the university is established, at departments work students groups. Students scientific conferences are held, the theses of reports are published.

Student's Life


At the law department a new conception of student self-government is established. Students Board, academic groups take an active part in holding of brain – rings in different spheres of jurisprudence, annual scientific conferences, organization of professional holiday –Lawyer Day, competitions, provide financial help to the pupils of orphanage house № 1, Dnipropetrovs’k orphanage house for children with disorders of musculoskeletal system, deal with other social issues.