Recently within Russia's education and science system modernization the need of scientific and pedagogical attestation system reforming becomes more obvious. Author of this article finds it necessary to use an opportunity to express her personal opinion on a number of concrete and very important problems of further development in the scientific and pedagogical attestation system in Russia. In this article author brings attention to scientific and pedagogical attestation system in humanities in general and in jurisprudence in specific. At the same time, author of this article is sure that problems revealed in jurisprudence, undoubtedly are to some extent inherent in other branches of science. Author offers readers some arguments in favor of VAK reformation, system of postgraduate studies and scientific publications of Russian scientists abroad.
VAK, highest certifying commission, postgraduate study, postgraduate education, certification of scientific staff, scientific degree, dissertation council, Ministry of Education.
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