Since 2017, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine has been monitoring the activities of legal clinics. The purpose of the assessment is to ensure the standard quality of legal clinics in Ukraine. At the same time, the most important stage of monitoring is the development of recommendations, implementation of the Legal Clinic Development Plan and expert support of legal clinics. The so-called “monitoring 2.0”. The head of the Association Yuliia Lomzhets, who became an expert on the implementation of the Plan in the legal clinic “Public Reception” of the Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law, spoke about the development of the legal clinic and further work.
Legal clinics monitoring continues for the third year. I was lucky enough to take part in six of them. Each time at the end of each visit, the Association’s team tried to set up the management of the legal clinic and the institution of higher education, that the result of monitoring is only the beginning, the impetus for change and improvement. But further communication with legal clinics has sometimes shown that change is not happening as quickly as one would like, and legal clinic managers may not always be able to persuade universities to implement monitoring recommendations.
To help legal clinics change and improve, the Association has proposed a new monitoring model 2.0, which provides expert support and support to the heads of legal clinics.
2.0 monitoring took place in five legal clinics and results of the two are already known. Now we present the third.
The development plan of the “Public Reception” legal clinic of the Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law was approved on November 29, 2019. For three months, the staff of the clinic, with my support, took various measures to implement the recommendations provided by the Association.
The plan provided for seven areas of development recommendations. Here is a brief overview on the implementation of each.
The most successful and complete was fulfillment of the recommendation “Practice a systematic and diverse legal-awareness events” – the result is 100%. Within three months, the legal clinic has significantly intensified its activities in the field of legal-awareness education: a plan for legal education activities has been developed, classes are held regularly for different age groups of students. The head of the legal clinic initiated the inclusion of the legal clinical section in the International Scientific and Practical Conference “Innovative Approaches to Legal Regulation of Public Relations: Scientific and Practical Discourse”, held by the Department of Law of the Kyiv Cooperative Institute of Business and Law.
80% of successful implementation of recommendations on “Implementation of measures to increase awareness of the activities of the legal clinic”. The legal clinic has developed information booklets about its activities, all activities of the legal clinic are promptly covered on the information resources of the institute and in the group on Facebook.
75% improvement in counseling: the legal clinic has developed and used a written consultation form, introduced a new form of the journal, which contains a column “type of assistance”, teachers-curators check each written consultation and certify it with the signature.
Lower results were achieved in enrolling the work of students in the legal clinic as an educational practice (50%) and in the rationing of the work of teachers in the legal clinic (33%). The KCIBL has developed a new Regulation on the legal clinic “Public Reception”, in the process of preparing job instructions for the staff of the legal clinic and the Regulation on the practice in the legal clinic.
Unfortunately, it was not possible to increase the visibility of legal clinic in the local community (0%). The legal clinic only plans to cooperate with stakeholders, as well as to involve representatives of partner organizations in meetings, classes, trainings with legal clinic students.
As a result, the overall implementation rate of the Development Plan is 59%.
This 59% is a small but confident step in the development of a legal clinic. This is the activation and improvement of all areas of activity, streamlining and stabilizing its work.
This result still needs to be consolidated and further promoted, so my work as an implementation expert is not complete. Together with the management of the legal clinic and the institution of higher education, we will strive to achieve 100%.
Juliia Lomzhets, implementation expert of the Development Plan of the “Public Reception” legal clinic