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Article

Rethinking the Role of Personal Connections in the Russian Labor Market: Getting a Job as a Law Graduate in Russia

Post-Soviet Affairs. 2021. Vol. 37. No. 3. P. 242-260.

This article explores the entry-level legal job market based on a survey of graduating full-time Russian law students fielded in 2016. The findings contradict the prevailing assumptions about the post-Soviet labor market that connections trump experience. They show that law-graduate-respondents placed little value on the contacts of friends and family. Regression analysis confirms that personal self-confidence and experience are much stronger predictors of success on the job market.