Our Student of the Month for June, Vitaly Vinogradov,
was an unexpected and happy surprise. We were a bit late selecting this
month, as several of our professors and staff had just returned from
a trip to St. Petersburg’s anniversary with a group of American
students from the University of San Diego summer law study program.
One of the winners of our scholarship for the USD program, Vitaly Vinogradov,
went along with the group, and helped show all our Americans the wonders
of the White Nights. Well, this week when we were all back in Moscow
and about to start discussing which student we would select, Vitaly
came in to visit and exclaimed “Guess what?! I just graduated
first in my class!”
What could we do? Inevitably we selected Vitaly for
this great, and very timely, achievement!
Vitaly has just graduated with the degree of Specialist
in Civil Law from the Moscow State Linguistic University. This degree
took him six years as, besides law, students at the Linguistic University
must achieve fluency in two foreign languages (in Vitaly’s case,
English and German). After defending his dissertation this week, he
found out that he was ranked as the best student in his class of 45
people. Reason for a celebration indeed.
We applaud Vitaly particularly for his commitment
and the hard decisions that he was forced to make to achieve this result.
Vitaly was working in the law department of Deloitte Touche, but was
forced to give up his job this spring in order to ensure that he was
prepared for his dissertation and his state exams. It’s always
an especially difficult choice for Russian students, in Moscow’s
competitive marketplace, to make a decision to put education ahead of
career for a time, and Vitaly deserves our commendation for doing so.
Given his results, it seems he made the right choice.
Vitaly is currently studying East/West Trade in the
Pericles sponsored University of San Diego Russian Institute on International
& Comparative Law. He gained a scholarship for this course by winning
a competitive written exam administered by Pericles, beating out about
40 other students. After he finishes his summer studies, Vitaly is planning
to enter an evening LL.M. program in Moscow. He is currently deciding
between Pericles’ American LL.M. program and the German LL.M.
program offered by the Institute of State & Law of the Russian Academy
of Sciences. Vitaly is also planning to start work again, and is interviewing
for employment at some of the top law firms in Moscow.
Congratulations Vitaly, and best of luck in your future
education and career! We at Pericles, and your classmates in East/West
Trade are all very proud of you.