84.5% – this is the result that the legal clinic ‘Ex aequo et bono’ of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding gained after its’ activities effectiveness monitoring.
During 21-23 October 2020, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine jointly with the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding monitored the activities of the legal clinic ‘Ex aequo et bono’ for compliance with the Standards of the Legal Clinics Activity in Ukraine, adopted at the All-Ukrainian Conference of the ALCU in 2014.
Head of the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine Yuliia Lomzhets highlighted:
“Monitoring is a driving force of network development. On the one hand, it generates legal clinic activities to go better and improve, on the other hand, it shows the realistic overview of legal clinics activities in Ukrainian law schools”.
During the monitoring, four directions of the legal clinic activity were examined: organizational, educational, human rights work, and legal education work. The monitoring aims to ensure the development of legal clinics in the regions and to allow the Association to better understand the needs of the legal clinic movement network.
The members of the monitoring group were the following:
- Kateryna Datsko, Member of the Board of the ALCU, Dean of the Law faculty, Head of the Legal Clinic of the State University of Economics and Technology;
- Tetiana Sholkova, Member of the Board of the ALCU, Head of the Legal Clinic of the National University of the State Fiscal Service of Ukraine;
- Daniil Popkov, lawyer of the public organization ‘Vostok-SOS’.
After the conducted assessment, on October 23, the online presentation of the monitoring of the legal clinic ‘Ex aequo et bono’ of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding was held.
According to the monitoring results, the overall rate of the legal clinic is 84.5%, which means that the legal clinic belongs to the ‘highest quality’. The preliminary results in the frame of key indicators are as follows:
- Organization and capacity of the legal clinic – 92.8%;
- Inclusion of legal clinic education in the education process – 70%;
- Legal counseling in the legal clinic – 75%;
- Legal education activities in the legal clinic – 100%.
Head of the monitoring group Kateryna Datsko summarized:
‘Professionalism and passion for work provide an excellent result. This is the key to the success of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding Legal Clinic. I want to underline the effective management and appropriate attention of the university administration to the legal clinic. In this higher educational institution administration knows and understands the role of the legal clinic for ensuring the quality of lawyers’ education’.
After the monitoring, the experts provided recommendations for improving the legal clinic activities, in particular:
- update internal documentation (regulations, job descriptions);
- establish systematic training for consultants by the legal clinic areas of activity;
- strengthen the planning and ensure the regularity of the legal education component;
- arrange the accounting of legal clinic measures;
- improve the communication component of the legal clinic.
The representatives of the legal clinic & the university, partners from state and public institutions joined the presentation of the monitoring results.
Vice-rector of scientific and pedagogical work, economic, legal, and social issues of the university Oleh Dubinskyi emphasized the importance of the legal clinic work, especially its educational component, and assured that all of the recommendations will be implemented soon.
The representatives of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine, who supported the legal clinic monitoring also took partIn the discussion.
National Rule of Law and Human Rights Project Manager of the OSCE Project Co-ordinator in Ukraine Oleksandr Sydielnikov added:
“The course of support of legal clinics education in Ukraine is indeed perspective. Therefore, it is very important to provide students with practical skills. Thanks to the legal clinics activities the result, when the students will be prepared for work. Such direction is also aimed at educating high-quality lawyers with the right values”.
According to the speaker’s words, through the improvement of the quality of legal clinic education, we will be able to improve the ‘quality of lawyers’, who in turn will contribute to the improvement of the rule of law and human rights in Ukraine in future. Oleksandr also announced the publishing of a legal clinic handbook that will highlight issues of the organization, planning, and operation of clinics.
Nataliia Hnatusha, the Head of the Regional Center for Free Secondary Legal Aid in the Mykolayiv oblast, emphasized the enhanced cooperation of the legal clinic with the FSLA Center. She commented:
“The Legal Aid Center cooperates with legal clinics a lot. Presently, legal clinics are reliable partners in the free legal aid system. We work towards beneficiary’s redirection system. A separate huge area of work is legal education events of various types, in which we involve students – lawyers and law students”.
The legal clinic members, Yulia Bondar, Iryna Dmytruk, and Olena Shkarneha also commented on the results of the monitoring.
“I have identified a vector where to move next to improve our work. Therefore, I am grateful for new ideas and recommendations. We will try to make it possible the soonest possible”, – finalized the Head of the legal clinic Olena Shkarneha.
Additionally, the working meeting with the Rector of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding Yevhen Trushliakov was held. During the meeting, the monitoring group presented the legal clinic evaluation results, and all members discussed the implementation of activities improving recommendations.
Contact information of the Legal Clinic ‘Ex aequo et bono’ of the Admiral Makarov National University of Shipbuilding:
Olena Shkarneha, Head of the Legal Clinic
Address: Mykolaiv, 9, Heroes of Ukraine, 612 room
Tel.: (051) 2 71 17 33