Last weekend was intense for law students of legal clinics as during February 23-24 the National Client Consultation Competition 2019 took place at the National University of Ostroh Academy. The topic of this year’s competition was “Corruption Crimes and Misdemeanours”.
Eleven teams from various legal clinics and from different cities of Ukraine and universities have participated in the two rounds of semifinals: Lviv – Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and UCU Law School; Kyiv – National Academy of Internal Affairs; Ostroh – National University of Ostroh Academy; Vinnytsia – Vasyl’ Stus Donetsk National University; Dnipro – Dnipropetrovsk State University of Internal Affairs; Sumy – Sumy National Agrarian University; Chernivtsi – Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University ; Ternopil – Ternopil National Economic University; Severodonetsk – Volodymyr Dahl East Ukrainian National University. The participants were pre-qualified by their video consultations.
The Competition was held for the first time exclusively in English. Three teams of finalists were selected by the results of two previous rounds. They were representatives of legal clinics of the UCU Law School, the National University of Ostroh Academy and the Ivan Franko National University of Lviv. Students took the first, second and third places respectively.
Participants were evaluated by representatives of the USAID New Justice Program (from the American people), international organizations and missions, the Directorate for Human Rights, Access to Justice and Legal Awareness of Ministry of Justice of Ukraine, the advocates union “Juscutum”, other practices and, of course, the representatives of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine.
The finalists were awarded with diplomas, they also received literature and, the winners – a free subscription for a legal newspaper from Yurinkom-Inter Publishing House. Three finalists were chosen by the advocates union “Juscutum” representative who was also a judge in previous rounds, to gain the possibility of internship in this law-firm.
The winners – Iryna Kania and Yurii Shvab, students of the master’s program at the UCU LAw School – shared their impressions: “We were impressed by the Ostroh Academy. We never could think that there is such a university in such a small town. Students were affable and friendly, they helped us every time. Moreover we would like to add a few words about the organization. Volunteers have done a great job. The rooms were perfectly prepared for the competition. Most of judges were true professionals and gave important and useful advice. Actors have played their roles for all hundred percent. Special thanks to the organizers for such a great work done! We will make every effort to present not only the university, but also Ukraine in the international rounds. Thanks again to everyone! ”
We wish the winners new achievements and success in preparation for the Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition, which will held during April 3-6, 2019 in Dublin, Ireland!
We also express our gratitude to the organizers, volunteers and judges who have done the impossible by organizing the Competition without any funding.
Mariia Tsypiashchuk, Communication Development Manager of ALCU and the organizer of the Competition, told about her impressions of the event: “Despite the fact that I have been organizing and coordinating the Competittion for the fifth time and the fourth one on the basis of the Ostroh Academy, this year’s competition is associated with the frase ” for the first time”. For the first time, we organized it without attracting any funds, for the first time – and this was my long-cherished dream – the Competition was held exclusively in English, for the first time we had so many foreign experts who also were judges and fulfilled the role of clients. yet, for the first time, the cases (the situations with which the participants worked) was developed by an international expert, a professor at the Catholic University of Lublin, an American lawyer, Delaine Swenson. We did not even expect such a positive result when planning this year’s Client Consultation Competition in an updated format”.
So, we invite legal clinics from all over Ukraine to try their hand at next year!