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.
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 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.
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.
First three monitorings out of about 15 start this week in three legal clinics of Ukraine. These monitorings are aimed at exploring whether the activity of legal clinics in Ukraine is coherent with the Standards, established by the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine.
On 17th of April montroing started at the Legal clinic ‘Femida’ of the Donetsk State University of Management, today it launches at the legal clinic of the Khmelnytskyi University of Management and Law and on 22nd of April – at the Oles Honchar Dnipro National University.
Each monitoring lasts for three days and is provided by the group of three experts, two of which normally represent Ukrainian legal clnincal movement and Association in articular, and one – is representative of the partnering state and local governmental entities and NGOs. Initial results of the monitorings are presented at the public events on third days of the monitorings. Later on the full reports will be published on this website, as well as the analitycal essays containing best pracrices discovered.
Today experts from Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine and our partnering organizations have presented the results of the monitoring in Law and Managemement Khmelnytskyi University Legal Clinic. Monitorng was held during 18-20 of April and showed that said legal clinic is highly responding the Standards and was evaluated for 79 percent out of 100 possible.
During April 17-19, as announced before, the monitoring of legal clinics was held.
Exploring key issues in organizations, academical, legal protection and legal education fields of legal clinic activity experts have discovered and presented the major key findings of the monitoring.
Representatives of the university and law department faculty, legal clinic took part in the presentation. Also, members of the partnering organizations – state and non-governmental goined the discussion.
Soon the full report will be publishe, as well as several more, as currently monitoring in Khmelnytskyi will take place and on 22nd of April it wll start in Dnipro.
During April 22-24 the third in a row monitoring of legal clinics was held. This time the results reflected level of coherence of O.Honchar Dnipro National University Legal Clinic activity to the Quality Standards of the ALCU.
Three experts – professors Andrii Halai and Serhii Hrechaniuk, and human rights activist Taras Shcherbatiuk conducted the monitoring which traditionally wraped up with the public discussion of the monitoring outcomes. Representatives of local authorities, NGOs and state legal aid system were present at the presentation and discussion went even beyond the monitoring itself, as participants talked about the importance and perspective effectivenes of legal clinics in overall, and – in particular – for the whole human rights protection environment.
The Legal Clinic of the O.Honchar DNU was claimed to correspond the high basic level and, like the LC “Femida” in Mariupol – gained 57% rating.