Saratov State Academy of Law is one of the most prestigious University Colleges providing juridical educations in the Russian Federation. It ranks 4th out of 300 accredited Law Universities in Russia. Founded in 1931 as Saratov Judicial Institution, the academy was later renamed the Saratov State Academy of Law (SSAL). The academy is a member of the Law Universities Association (Moscow) and the Interregional Association of Law Schools (St. Petersburg). The academy currently has 577 lecturers and teachers, including 60 professors (Doctors of Science) and 282 professors (Candidates of Science) working in three different departments, divisions and other academic units. Currently the Academy enrolls more than 14,345 students, offering a variety of educational formats to meet their diverse needs: full-time education, Part-time education, Distance Education, Abbreviated courses for study for continuing education and Graduate School. There are more than 70 Institutes and Departments in the Academy.