Interaction of the legal disciplines studies with the level of legal awareness (on example of students of legal disciplines)



The legal awareness as a set of social attitudes to crime and criminals, punish and mainly to the law, law enforcement, judicial and penal systems today is the most relevant topic. Despite the decline in crime in recent years, the level of crime is still at a high level. The aim of this study was to investigate the influence of the legal disciplines on maturity of legal awareness. We tested the hypotheses that the level of legal development in law-oriented students is higher than that of other students. We revealed that in legal psychology students, legal awareness is more formed than in the students of educational psychology. In particular, such a level of legal awareness as law-making, is more pronounced in students of legal psychology. We also suggested that students of legal psychology demonstrate a creative approach to the law. The results showed that students of educational psychology prefer to take a proactive legal and civic position, and students of legal psychology treat the law as a dynamic system. The study involved 30 students, whose average age was 21 years. The techniques used were focused on the level of legal awareness, as well as on the value orientation. The study revealed that students studying in the law-oriented departments, are more predisposed to move to a higher level of legal awareness.

General Information

Keywords: legal awareness; model of legal socialization; legal development; value orientation; legal psychology.

Journal rubric: Problems of Training of Specialists in Legal Psychology

Article type: scientific article

For citation: Budykin S.V., Zhigachev A. Interaction of the legal disciplines studies with the level of legal awareness (on example of students of legal disciplines) [Elektronnyi resurs]. Psikhologiya i pravo = Psychology and Law, 2014. Vol. 4, no. 1 (In Russ., аbstr. in Engl.)


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Information About the Authors

Sergey V. Budykin, Head, Admission Office, Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology and Pedagogy of Distance Learning, Faculty of Distance Learning, Moscow State University of Psychology & Education, Moscow, Russia, ORCID:, e-mail:

A. Zhigachev, Post-graduate Student, Department of Legal Psychology, Moscow State University of Psychology and Education, Moscow, Russia, e-mail:



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