Development of regional leadership as a key to sustainable development of the legal clinic network

Development of regional leadership as a key to sustainable development of the legal clinic network

The idea of ​​developing regional cooperation and enhancing the capacity of legal clinics is not new. In one form or another it has been discussed for the last five years. However, further talk did not go. Heads of he most active ALCU legal clinics regularly attended annual forums but, returning to their daily routine, forgot about regional leadership until the next meeting.

After the successful implementation of the Project “Institutional Capacity Building of the Association / Network of Legal Clinics of Ukraine” (in partnership with the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation with the support of the International Renaissance Foundation), we realized two things: the first – we are capable of more, the second – the development of the network is impossible without strengthening the capacity of the legal clinics themselves. As a result, the development of regional leadership in the network of legal clinics has become one of the main priorities of the Association’s development.

The first step in the search for future leaders of the legal clinical movement was the First Ukrainian-Polish School for Academics of Legal Clinics, held in June 2019 in Warsaw. The participants of the School discussed in detail and openly the vision of regional cooperation development and possible problems and presented their own project initiatives. For the first time in many years, besides the desire to develop a legal clinical movement in the regions, we have received specific proposals and projects from people interested and motivated to implement them. What else is needed? Financing!

The implementation of the project allowed to hold a competition and provided funding for three projects, which, in our opinion, will allow cooperation between legal clinics and enhance their ability to independently search and implement projects.

The project “Strengthening of Regional and Cross-Sectoral Cooperation of Legal Clinics of Kyiv Region” is implemented by the Legal Clinic “Law and Practice” of Bila Tserkva National Agrarian University in cooperation with the LC of University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine and the LC of Academy of Advocacy of Ukraine.

The project has two strategic goals. The first is to analyze the stakeholders and their interests, to explore the Ukrainian market of legal aid providers.

The second goal of the project was to develop the skills of legal clinic students in the organization of law classes and increase the financial literacy of school youth.

The project “Legal clinics – agents for promoting mediation as a way of resolving disputes” is implemented by the Legal Clinic of Yuriy Fedkovych Chernivtsi National University in cooperation with the LC of King Danylo University, LC of Vasyl Stefanyk Precarpathian National University and LC “Femida” of the Precarpathian Faculty of the National Academy of Internal Affairs.

Can legal clinics settle disputes through mediation? Yes, they can – the authors of the project are convinced. The main thing is to teach the students-consultants to convey the benefits of mediation and to convince the client of its effectiveness. LC students themselves need to know the basics of mediation and promote mediation to the general public. Accordingly, the purpose of the project is to create and develop, on the basis of legal clinics, a regional network of mediation promotion agents.

The project “Free Legal Aid for Small Business” is being implemented by the Legal Clinic “Pro Bono” of National University of Ostroh Academy, in collaboration with the Ukrainian Catholic University, LC of leonid Yuzkov Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law, and LC “Liberta” Ternopil National Economic University.

This project is an attempt to go beyond and allow students to work with a whole new category of cases. The essence of the project is to provide consultants of participating in the initiative of free legal assistance legal clinics to the representatives of small business and the opportunity to acquire complex knowledge and experience in the field, which they would come across only at work.


Yulia Lomzets, Executive Director of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine

Andrii Halai | Inspirations of the First Cross-border School in Warsaw

Andrii Halai | Inspirations of the First Cross-border School in Warsaw

From previous blogs of Kateryna Datsko and Yulia Khmaruk, you have already knew a little about the First Cross-border School of Professional Skills for Academics of Legal Clinics. However, this time, we decided to try a new blog format – an interview. And the Head of the Board of the Association Andriy Halai agreed to be the first hero of our experimental format.

Anna Myroniuk: One of the elements of the School program was educational excursions to Warsaw’s legal clinics. From the blogs of the School participants, I had the impression that the Polish LC has such model of functioning that resembles small law firms at the university (they have a position of secretary, who records for the consultation, some of them specializes in specific branches of law, students work as assistants of the head of the legal clinic etc). In your opinion, such model is an improved version of our clinics, and we can capture the experience of Polish colleagues? Or there any specificity in the Ukrainian clinical movement, and we should follow our own development vector?

Andrii Halai: Look: even the features you mentioned are not universal, they can both coincide and differ in both the Western and Ukrainian legal clinics. In my legal clinics, for example, I have always tried to build a “law firm”, despite the lack of staff.

In my opinion, there may be many ways of organizing of legal clinics. The model of the law firm, the model of the legal clinic of Professor N, the model of the training course are only a few admissible approaches on the basis of an organizational method. And there are classifications by type (directions of activity), forms of interaction between participants of the legal clinic and with external partners, etc.

Therefore, in conditions of self-government of higher education institutions and independent choice of organizational model, legal clinics in Ukraine are free in how to build their work. With the obligatory observance of the organizational principles defined in the Standards of the Association. It is hard to list in one sentence, I will risk to mention the main one – the presence of a learning component: the training of law students in the practice of professional activity, which is provided / coordinated by competent academics.

А.М.: Comparing the work of the clinics of our more experienced Polish colleagues, what are the main problems of Ukrainian LCs you would highlight, and what are the solutions to them?

А.H.: First of all about the experience. Ukrainian as well as Polish legal clinics started approximately at the same time – in the mid-late 1990’s. Both countries have more ancient twenty years periods, as well as more younger organizations. Therefore, we are peers at the current stage of development.

I will not mention here that both networks had legal clinics at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries (this is evidenced by publications, unfortunately not specific enough).

I only mention that, starting at the same time, in my opinion, the Polish network has achieved better results. The thesis that the legal clinic is a university unit and it should be in a curriculum – most of Polish legal clinics (but not all of them) already have not to prove to head of university. In Ukraine, this is less recognized. Why – I’ll say paradoxical and seems not related to the issue thins – but because of the lack of transparency in the organization of education in average Ukrainian universities and their lack of focus on the right goals: competent graduates, ready to practice. But the reform of legal education in Ukraine comes from both top (in the relevant ministries) and at the grassroots level of higher education institutions – therefore, actively promoting the role of legal clinics, we will eventually reach the right legal clinics in Ukraine.

Returning to your question – there are a lot of problems. Among them, not only those that depend on the head of higher education institutions. The group of issues, which allows to be a high-quality legal clinic, is at the level of heads of the legal clinics, its university and on the national level.

А.М.: The legal clinic is more about studying (it is a kind of opportunity for the student to learn all the nuances and subtleties of practice, so to speak “on the draft”) or about the quality of providing services to the client (the main thing is to provide the client with the most effective consultation / service, and the student is not allowed to make a mistake). And how does it work in Poland?

А.H.: Here, in my opinion, Ukrainian and Polish vision of legal clinics may differ: since the Ukrainian system of free legal aid guaranteed by the state is more developed in comparison with Poland (I will not say that it is better from the standpoint of methodology, but this is a difficult issue of professional discussion). In the dry balance Ukrainian legal clinics can afford less to be focused on social objectives of providing legal services to clients and focus on the educational goal.

From myself I will add – only that the educational target for legal clinics is a bit boring. Therefore, it is possible and necessary to look for ways of new forms of participation in social processes. I hinted at several key phrases that could be embodied in the modern work of the legal clinics freed from the burden of the “grandmother’s client conveyor” – the center of innovation, the model of participation in local government and national legal reforms.

And in order to avoid mistakes (we must understand that nobody works without mistakes), it is necessary to carefully build control and mentoring mechanisms.

А.М.: The participants, according to the School program, prepared their own projects. What project or its idea seemed to you the most interesting and potentially effective? Or perhaps, if you were participant, would you be interested in some kind of completely different topic that seems to you more relevant?

А.H.: The idea of ​​preparing these projects is an important component of the quality of this cross-border school. Therefore, it is important for me to evaluate not what these ideas of the participants of the School are directed to, but how they are relevant to the society (involved participants) and innovative, based on previous experience and objective planning (this shows the ability to perform them qualitatively), as well as how well they can combine the activities of several legal clinics at a time.

The last position is extremely important. For some reason, in Ukraine (frankly speaking, not only there), legal clinics collaborate not enough with each other. That precludes their development and weakens in defending their own needs. Therefore, support for regional cooperation projects should strengthen Ukrainian legal clinics, remove them from the object to the active subject if cooperation. For me, this is one of the key tasks that the Association should do (and as you can see, actively). The development of regional co-operation and leadership will enable the Association to be an equal and inclusive working organization.

And several interesting projects were offered. Soon their finalized versions will be considered for financial and mentor support from the Association. We are working on this with donor organizations.

For the heads of legal clinics I will give two advice:

  • No pain, no gain
  • Follow announces and do not twiddle your thumbs.

А.М.: Has the communication with employees of Warsaw’s legal clinics inspired any changes in our clinical movement?

А.H.: The Polish network is one of the best in the world and we are lucky to have such neighbors. I have been trying to keep up to date with their news and ideas (all by the way “serdecznie zapraszam”) for 5 years. Some of them are more or less suitable for implementation in Ukraine, as well as some of the Ukrainian initiatives of the legal clinic movement are studied and implemented by Polish colleagues. So this is a mutual interest and mutual exchange.

What is the agenda for our cooperation? This is a transition from projects involving a foreign party to joint projects. The first was the Cross-border School.

To be continued, at least we have some ideas that will be discussed when they become plans.

Interview was prepared by Аnna Мyroniuk

Yulia Khmaruk: “… after participating in the school, legal clinics should change their status quo from participants of programs and events – to organizers and equal partners of law-education movement”

Yulia Khmaruk: “… after participating in the school, legal clinics should change their status quo from participants of programs and events – to organizers and equal partners of law-education movement”

On June 17-19 the First Cross-boarder School of Professional Skills for Academics of Legal Clinics took place in Warsaw, where I was very pleased to be a participant.

The main goal, the idea of ​​the school was the development of regional leadership of legal clinics. In brief: after attending school, legal clinics should change their status quo from participants of programs and events which are helded at the regional level to organizers and equal partners in law-education movement.

The Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, which organized the event, came up to the task comprehensively, and therefore the knowledge gained during the school, allowed to form not a general idea about ​​the “subject, types, goals and tasks” of the clinic activities, but could instill the resolve and confidence that the goal will be achieved in each participant. After all, we have learned about specific practical tools that can be used in certain situations.

The work was held within 3 blocks.

I. Introduction to the work of legal clinics in Poland.

In general, it can be said that the situation is the same as in Ukraine – varies depending on the clinic.

In particular, we learned that:

☑ Clinics in larger universities have a division into sections by branch of law. At the University of Warsaw they are 12

☑ LC of University of Warsaw resolves the largest number of cases per year – about 1,000. It is said that the number of cases has declined significantly since the introduction of the system of free legal aid

☑ Staff: Warsaw University has a separate post of secretary, who carries out a preliminary record for consultation. At Lazarus University, an assistant is also employed along with the head – a student who is exempted from tuition fees because of work in the clinic

☑ At the University of Social and Human Sciences, university graduates volunteer in a clinic, they already work, but they help by checking counseling and assisting in interviewing and counseling clients

☑ Material support – always a separate issue. However, the room for client counseling is must-have

☑ After visiting the Lazarus University, It was wanted to renew the Practice of Custody Lawyer (counseling for people in detention). It is good needed practice. And the main thing – the consultants feel grateful (there are pictures drawn by the customers as a gratitude for the help on the photo below).

☑ A particular metal bookcase for storing cases is a mandatory requirement.

☑ All LC of Poland has contracted third party liability insurance contracts for poorly provided legal aid

II. Moreover we talked about motivation and establishing mutually beneficial cooperation with partners – it is very important to understand all available “levers of influence” (in the good sense of these words) and the benefits that you can offer your partner, as well as ways to resolve conflicts (it turns out, sometimes it is useful to even ignore the conflict )

ІІІ. ІІІ The participants developed projects for cooperation of legal clinics for participation in the school, they were presented during the school. Therefore, in the near future, it is to be expected that the Ukrainian community of legal clinics will shake up, the information space with interesting and socially useful initiatives!

The material was prepared by Yulia Khmaruk

Our Strength is in Cooperation!

Our Strength is in Cooperation!

Warsaw hosted the representatives of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, who initiated and organized the First Cross-border School of Professional Skills for Academics of legal clinics during three days.

The internship was based on the exchange of Ukrainian and Polish experience in the operation and management of the legal clinics network of Poland and Ukraine. The experience of Polish colleagues is impressive, because they succeeded to create a brand of Legal Clinics, which harmoniously fit into the structure of high schools, which train future lawyers.

What are the leaders of the legal clinical movement discussing?

An interesting experience of the work of the best legal clinic of Poland (University of Warsaw), which was presented gracefully by its head Dr. Katarzyna Julia Kowalska, inspired for searching of new ideas and ways to implement them.

Thanks to the representatives of the Polish network of legal clinics, the participants determined that legal clinics occupy a significant place in the system of legal protection and higher legal education in Poland. Interestingly, all legal clinics in Poland have a rating that they publish in the mass media. During three days we have been able to see the practices of the three best law clinics in Warsaw.

A significant emphasis was put on management of the LC, because the manager should be able to find a partnership, develop a strategy and resolve conflicts in the process. Thanks to the experience shared by Delaine Swenson (Poland) and the practical case studies provided by the members of the Association of Ukrainian Legal Clinics, Andrii Halai, Mariia Tsypiashchuk and Julia Lomzhets, we succeed to systematize knowledge and practical experience and find more effective ways to solve problems, which arise during the work of the head of the LC.

The practical training block envisaged the development and presentation of a project of regional development of the network of legal clinics in Ukraine. In this part it was wanted to do everything at once, because it was want to do so much for the development of students and staff of the Legal Clinic at the regional level. Experienced mentors have helped optimize ideas into an effective project that will work for the development of a regional network.

The project which was presented was directed on the legal education of the youth, because the experience of working with high school students in Krivyi Rih during the year showed that young people know but do not understand human rights. It is suggested to unite the legal clinics of the region precisely around solving this problem.

Polish experience proves:

  1. Legal clinics are a basic and effective tool for developing law enforcement skills for future lawyers.
  2. Project activity is an important component of the development of high schools and Legal Clinics in particular, but this should be learned by changing the minds of participants in the educational process.
  3. Our strength is in unification – it is impossible to build a progressive network without cooperation and unification of the efforts of its active and progressive representatives.

“New knowledge, interesting acquaintances and changing of environment always inspire for progress. However, when you understand that the whole team is interested in building effective cooperation and is keen on developing your Legal Clinic, it is already a responsibility!”

The material was prepared by Kateryna Datsko, translated by Anna Myroniuk 

What Hides Behind Legal Clinics. The Game of Truth-Lie.

What Hides Behind Legal Clinics. The Game of Truth-Lie.

In this short post – about what are the “legal clinics” that are not legal clinics.

First of all, we are working to build our network. Therefore, we must know the truth and do not want to conceal it. The principle to support most quality clinics is based on the fact that they should be separated from such “legal clinics”

How to become a high-quality legal clinic? Markers are Standards and Instrument for Assessing. The second is even more than the first one, because it is built as a collection of faithful management decisions and the legal clinic itself – how to become genuine.

A Round Table Was Held in Irpen “The Importance of the Legal Clinical Movement for the Formation of New Generation Lawyers”

A Round Table Was Held in Irpen “The Importance of the Legal Clinical Movement for the Formation of New Generation Lawyers”

Today, on June 8, a round table entitled “The Importance of the Legal Clinical Movement for the Formation of New Generation Lawyers” was held at the National University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine (NUDFSU) in Irpin. This event became the final chord of monitoring of the Irpin Law Clinic (YUK), because it announced the results of the work of the monitoring group. We remind that this spring and already these summer days there is a series of monitoring of legal clinics, which conducts AYUKU in order to provide practical and methodical advice for improving their activities

The Story about One of the World’s Best Student Competitions – How was the ICCC 2018 in Maastricht?

The Story about One of the World’s Best Student Competitions – How was the ICCC 2018 in Maastricht?

Brown Mosten Client Consultation Competition – it is about it’s about authenticity, about friendship and beauty of people in the world.

And little bit about how lawyers should behave themselves in this world.

A while ago the 33rd brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition has finished. It was already a second time (2011 and now) when the Competition was hosted by the Maastricht University Law Faculty. Normally the Contest will only be held once in a country or a place, but – remembering the perfect organization by Jae Fernhout back in 2011 everybody was happy to return to beautiful Maastricht in 6 years.

Maastricht, Vrijthof, main city square

Picturesque town, brilliant organization, meaningful and comfortable program, professional jury, charismatic acting clients, almost family atmosphere among the teams from 22 countries and even many more nations, operetta for the Competition participants as spectators only, calm and relaxing pancake cruise, active and helful buddies – all these are just initial reflections. But the impressions and conclusion are many more than this.

Reflections on Client Interviewing in music – Fugue Composition Performance. © photo by Vava Arifin, Maasticht University

Personally for me this was the fourth time to be at the International round, twice of which were in Maastricht. So, this time it felt like coming back home, to meet old friends, and the place you do not want to leave anymore at all. As I looked around in the hall where people of over 30 nationalities gathered, I caught myself in the thought of how beautiful and diverse the human race is, and how much beauty can be different. Isn’t this one of the deepest goals of such competitions – to unveil this beauty to everyone who wants to see it?

There were no competition rounds in the first day, as organizators considered the fact that participants might be rather tired. Along with that, all participants were invited to 4 short but very specific workshops from local lawyers and legal clinics representatives from outside Netherlands. All workshops were united under the topic “Lawyer-Client Communication across Culture and Language Borders”, which was really of use before the Competition phase actually started. A colorful artistic opening program and an informal dinner made such diverse people from all over the world to feel like friends right away.

ICCC 2018 Workshop “Lawer-client communication across culture and language borders”. © photo by Vava Arifin, Maasticht University

Traditionally, Competition was held in English, had three rounds and four actual tours – two quarterfinals, semifinals and finals. By the way, the idea was announced to consider possibility of running two semifinal rounds in order to give the teams even more opportunities to present themselves.

For the first time in the International Round, teams from Belgium, Croatia and Kenya took part. Moreover, the Croatian team even gpt to the semi-final, which was especially delightful. Also, teams from Indonesia, Nigeria, Germany, India, Malaysia, Australia, Georgia, the United States of America, Canada, Northern Ireland, New Zealand, Scotland, Poland and, of course, the Netherlands, have arrived.

On the third day of the Competition, the Annual Meeting with national representatives of the Competition was held to discuss the Competition topics for the next years, the countries in which the Competition will be held, as well as other organizational issues. So in 2019, Brown Mosten International Client Competition will be held in Dublin, Ireland. Quite unusual for the ICCC, the criminal law was elected as a topic branch for 2019. The approximate topic named was “Theft”, and approximate dates are April 3-6, 2019.


Significant for Ukraine is the fact, that our suggestion to host ICCC somehow in the future was accepted by the Competition OC. So it is quite possible that in 2021 or 2022 the International Competition will be held in our country!

The story about the ICCC 2018 would be incomplete without mentioning an interesting and practical training from Forrest S. Mosten, an inspirer and Executive Director of the Competition, on “Unbundled Dispute Resolution”. Mr. Mosten is one of this concept founders. “Unbundled services” are also known as “limited scope representation” or “discrete task representation”. In other words, with such a model of legal aid, the lawyer agrees with the client those steps and actions in the case that the client can perform on their own, thus taking over part of the responsibility for the outcome of the case and saving their own funds. The described approach has become quite popular in recent years in the United States of America and is used mainly in the field of family law. Forrest Mosten spoke about the benefits and challenges of this type of practice, as well as its perspectives. He focused on the fact that the “unbundling” contributes to a more peaceful resolution of disputes, while this should be the main goal in dealing with any legal matter. Last year, Mr. Mosten co-authored with another US lawyer, Elithabeth Potter Scully, published the “Unbundled Legal Services” book. For the first time among the ICCC participants, Mr. Motsen’s model of such client’s representation was introduced in 2015 in Lincoln, Nebraska, USA, where the Consultation Competition was held. In general, the idea of ​​“Unbundled Legal Services” is very interesting and probably can be implemented also in Ukraine, especially in the practice of legal clinics, where students are quite limited both in terms of representation powers and time, as they are still combining studying and work in the legal clinic.

On the last Competition day there were two rounds – semi-final and final. In the battle against participants from Malaysia and Scotland, a team from the United States of America virtuously won. During the final gala dinner, all participants exchanged gifts and received certificates of participation.

Khrystyna Shevchuk, 3rd year student of the I.Malynovskyi Institute of Law, National University of Ostroh Academy, participant from Ukrainian team:

“Talking about International round of Brown-Moisten Client Consultation Competition, I was impressed by the mood of Competition and how well it was organized. Everything worked like a clock, meeting, lectures, consultations started and finished in exact time. Organizers prepared incredibly interesting activities for us. Atmosphere was friendly. This competition is firstly about cultural experience. At the beginning of competition we had some lectures which helped us to understand how different we are, but we are all united by a dream to become lawyers.

Personally, participation in this competition showed me that you should never stop what you have started. This one is my favourite competition because you get joy and satisfaction more from participating than even from winning. If I had an opportunity to be the part of the competition again, I would definitely do so!”

ICCC 2018 Pancake Cruise


Kateryna Valko, 4rd year student of the I.Malynovskyi Institute of Law, National University of Ostroh Academy, participant from Ukrainian team:

“Two weeks have passed after the 2018 ICCC, but I still cannot believe that I was so fortuned to participate in this competition. When I think about magical Dutch town Maastricht, I certainty remind a lot of moments, memories, which I would like to share with all Ukrainians. In general, I can say for sure that the ICCC is not a simple contest, it’s something much more. The purpose of this competition is to restore peoples’ friendship, to share experience not only in consultation, but also in moral and ethical aspects, to work, and at the same time, to rest in cultural diversity of people. I’ll never get tired to recount for hundreds of times in detail about daily events of the competition. Honestly, I love to do it again and again. But, unfortunately, here I have to be as laconic as I haven’t been before. Therefore, the main advantages of this competition, and why one should take part:

Firstly, international consultation is a great challenge. Still, you need not only to know all the provisions of law (in fact, if you even make a mistake in some term, etc. – you still have a chance to win). The ability to find a common language with the client is much appreciated there – in the direct and figurative meaning of the word;

Secondly, this competition helps to develop your creativity, and even take something from other teams, countries. In the future, it’s your style and legal face;

Thirdly, this is a great chance to meet new people! For four days one after another you will be surrounded by the same teenagers, so that’s why be sure that you won’t feel embarrassed, you won’t be in any way sad or bored;

Fourth, this is a best way to practice your English;

And fifth, it is a priceless life experience and also a lot of cool pictures.”

MU Law Faculty 2018, main entrance

Observations and Lessons Learnt:

The main emphasis of these Competitions is the ethical aspect of the lawyer’s work and the peaceful settlement of conflicts that arise between the parties to the legal dispute. This does not mean that the legal analysis and the quality of the primary legal advice are not taken into account, but the criteria of moral and ethical attitudes of lawyers between themselves, with the client and analysis of legal situations for observance of ethical norms are considerably more important;

Each panel of judges had at least one representative practicing psychology or social work. The organizers are convinced that such a composition of the jury favours the most objective evaluation of the teams according to the criteria;

Despite the fact that the organizers provide a certain isolation of teams from each other during rounds, the overall international round is not too formalized and is based largely on overall mutual trust and integrity;

On the first day it is quite appropriate to only conduct registration and introductory events. Due to this participants have the opportunity to relax, get to know each other, better tune in to future rounds;

The Competition Program should be designed in such a way that participants (students and trainers) who are not involved in the rounds at a given time have opportunity to attend other events – cultural or educational (tours, workshops, interactive classes, cultural events, etc.);

Structured and clear volunteers organization. The volunteer structure should include a senior volunteer, a volunteer responsible for logistics, judges’ support, ‘client’s’ support, and a specific volunteer for each team;

Perhaps the most important observation was that absolutely everyone who was engaged into the organization of the Competition absolutely loved what was happening and enjoyed every second of the process. That atmosphere was unbelievable!

Forrest (Woody) and Jody Mosten. © photo by Vava Arifin, Maasticht University


Acknowledgements and Gratitude

We would like to thank our University Ostroh Academy and everyone who helped our team to take part in the 2018 Brown Mosten International Client Consultation Competition 2018, as well as those who make this Competition possible from year to year. First of all, we thank dear Forrest S. Mosten and his wife Jody, Seline Mize, Steven Austermiller, Nancy Schultz, Larry Tepley, and Frank Astill, who for many years have invested a lot of their own efforts and time to ensure that the Competition is held at such a high level.

Finally, one of our greatest thanks goes to Jae Fernhout, attentive, punctual, strict (VERY ANGRY!:) and at the same time endlessly kind organizer of already two Competitions in Maastricht and his colleagues; Of course, we can’t forget to say Thank You to a team of friendly and caring volunteers and, in particular, our buddy-guy Ivan Gautama, and also Dwista Rasendriya, who also helped us a lot, and the patient and talented photographer Vava Arifin, who left us unforgettable 578 photos 🙂


Author and publication: Mariia Tsypiashchuk

Also interviewed: Khrystyna Shevchuk, Kateryna Valko

Photos: Khrystyna Shevchuk, Vava Arifin

Personal Impressions About the First Intranet Monitoring of a Law Clinic

Personal Impressions About the First Intranet Monitoring of a Law Clinic

The community of legal clinics, coordinated by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, constantly improves its direct activities.
Often, there is the perception that the activities of legal clinics are often not well understood and underestimated by the faculties, or are perceived as chaotical and unsystematical.
There is also the assumption that many legal clinics “exist only on paper”.

Unfortunately, the budgets of the Association of Ukrainian Legal Clinics do not allow going to each legal clinic for explaining what it is – to act in a quality manner.
To resolve these and other problematic issues, almost the entire quorum of headmastership went to Lutsk, to test the newly developed in the Dnieper system of assessing the quality of activity of legal clinics.
So, on June 21-22, in Lutsk, at the Eastern European National University, the first law enforcement clinics’ activity was monitored by the College of Legal Clinics of Ukraine and the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation.

We share the following conclusions:
1. The monitoring tool has shown itself in a good way. As a result of the discussion, an item was added on the provision by stationery supplies.
So, find the updated quality rating system file and test your legal clinics yourself, this tool is simple and convenient to work.

2. There wasn`t enough time in the planned 2 days to resolve all issues, so 3 days are needed gor proper monitoring. The round table” discussion has proven to be very effective. Shown for the needs of the organization: 1) availability of standard for preparation of the event (this should be done not only by the head of the local lawclinic, but also by a representative of the monitoring group prepared); 2) involvement of local human rights and higher education community; 3) involvement of local journalists; 4) inclusion of the excursion stage in the legal clinic; 5) the formation of an additional checklist of ideas after completion.
4. Applied training is required in terms of monitoring the quality of law clinics in general:
– monitorists for monitoring (I think there would be enough two or two regional trainings for 15 people);
– managers of clinics based on the results of several monitorings (I think once every six months or every 3-4 monitoring would be enough)
5. “Cherry and Cake” or the result of monitoring.
The preliminary calculation of the results had shown that Ad Astra Legal Clinic of the” Eastern European National University named after Lesia Ukrainka” got the rating “complies with the quality standards of the legal clinics”. This conclusion will be based on the calculation of the points of the monitoring system, not on the eye.

Monitoring of Legal Clinics: the Impressions of Best Experience

Monitoring of Legal Clinics: the Impressions of Best Experience

We are offering you an overview of the results of two monitorings of the legal clinics of the Lesya Ukrainka Eastern European National University (pilot monitoring, held in June 2017) and Khmelnytsky University of Management and Law (held April 18-20, 2018). The material was prepared by Yulia Matveyeva, head of the experimental training laboratory “Legal clinic” of the National University of “Kyiv-Mohyla Academy”, a Board Member of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine. Ms. Julia took personal part in both monitorings.

It will be a few sentences present the key ideas presented below.

Extremely topical issues for the reform of legal education are their practical orientation for law education. Legal clinics are among possible bases for practical education of law students. In order to improve this activity the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine monitors legal clinics. Monitorings are aimed at exploring whether the activity of legal clinics in Ukraine is coherent with the Standards.

It should be stressed that the first monitorings carried out were quite successful.

It should be emphasized that a brief analysis of the legal clinics of these Universities allows drawing the following conclusions:

  • Both clinics meet the Standards and can be a good basis for beginners to gain experience in legal practice;
  • Both clinics are structural subdivisions of universities and integrated into the educational process;
  • Legal counseling is conducted at a high level;
  • Legal education is carried out in a variety of forms.

An important observation in both clinics is formalizing certain activities, including legal education activities (documentary accounting, verification and reporting).

Monitorings are being held within the implementation of the ‘Development of institutional capacity of the Association / network of legal clinics of Ukraine’ Project in partnership with the Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation, supported by the International Renaissance Foundation.