With the dissolution of the Soviet Union (USSR), a window of opportunity opened to integrate Russia (the USSR’s core and key successor state) into the world’s economic, political, and social arenas. Such integration cannot succeed without the ongoing support and development of the rule of law in Russia. A rule based legal culture provides the foundation for the establishment of a stable economic and social system without which neither Russian nor global stability can be achieved.

RUSLEF believes that, long term, investing in Russian legal education is one of the most effective means of promoting the rule of law. In particular, RUSLEF focuses on Russian law students (the next generation of lawyers, judges, administrators and teachers) whose legal culture is in its formative period.

By bringing Russian law students to U.S. law schools for a year’s study, they not only develop an understanding of 21st century globe-related legal issues in general and U.S. legal processes, systems and institutions in particular, they also develop both a jurisprudential and operational appreciation of the rule of law. In addition, by training Russia’s future lawyers in global market-based economic institutions and cultures they can help Russia’s legal culture adapt to a global economic regime. Finally, lasting relationships are formed between future leaders in Russia and the U.S.