The new academic year 2012/ 2013 at the Riga Graduate School of Law will begin on 4 September 2012. More than 250 bachelor students and 130 masters programme students, including 47 foreigners from more than 15 countries, will spend this year studying law, business, diplomacy, political science and legal linguistics, discussing different issues with teachers, participating in academic activities and joining informal student activities. Students represent the following countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Indonesia, Israel / Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Lebanon, Lithuania, Moldova, Pakistan, Rumania, Russia, Sweden, Turkmenistan, Turkey, Ukraine, USA, Uzbekistan, and Zambia. Faculty members of RGSL have worked to upgrade the study programmes, planned major academic events as well as new services for students, in order to meet the needs of the students. RGSL proudly offers two completely changed and upgraded study programmes this year. The “Legal Linguistics” programme has undergone significant changes – the programme includes more legal courses and it is anticipated that students will be awarded a Masters (LL.M) degree in Law. In the mean time special interdisciplinary approach for the law and the language remain. The “Transborder Commercial Law” programme has been updated and modified so it would better meet the needs of professionals working with issues regarding transborder trade within the European Union. RGSL Student Services will be opened this year to offer information and assistance to students regarding all matters related to the studies. The RGSL Student Association will be as before; the driving force and organiser of informal student activities. Throughout the year several academic events for students and the wider public are planned. The most important, in the near future, include an international conference on "Postsocialist Justice after Two Decades", which will be held on 11–12 October, 2012 in collaboration with the Open Society Foundation and the Soros Foundation Latvia. Two more conferences are planned this year in collaboration with the Ministry of Foreign Affairs – for an inclusive society and the International Criminal Court issues. In addition, the RGSL student organisation "Upward Association" will continue to organise profound discussions with opinion leaders. This year will be special for the students in their third year of the Bachelor studies – they will be the first RGSL Bachelor programme graduates! This year will not be an easy one, but at the end, hard work will bring sweet fruits to enjoy. Next autumn, graduates of RGSL Bachelor programmes are welcome to join the Masters programmes to continue studies and deepen their professional knowledge. The best professors and lecturers in law, business, legal linguistics and diplomacy and inspiring international study environment will result in satisfaction for both high school graduates and experienced professionals. Also, academic events, extracurricular activities and informal student activities will be an integral part of everyday life. Join us on Facebook, Twitter or Draugiem to follow news, activities and opportunities. Have a really inspiring and successful new academic year!