Why the Planning of Legal Activities is Necessary for a Legal Clinic?

The question is not about the need for global strategic planning, because it is undeniable and unquestionable. Yet is there a need to plan your legal education activities for the near future? Natalia Yesina, coordinator of the legal education department of the UHHRU public reception office in Sumy Region, will tell about this in her blog.

During the monitoring of the Sumy branch of the Kharkiv National University of Internal Affairs (hereinafter – KNUIA), our expert group identified the need to draw up a clear schedule of legal education topics and activities. The report states that we recommend drawing up such a schedule for at least every six months, indicating two different forms of legal education on a monthly basis. Why? After all, the clinic already conducts legal education activities, has excellent feedback from both student counselors and participants of these events.

At first glance, it may seem that this is unnecessary paperwork, which will be needed only for the record. But this is not the case. The optimal distribution of resources helps to achieve this goal. So, first, let’s define the goal: legal education is conducted “to write something in the report or to painlessly path monitoring” or to really raise the level of legal awareness of participants, to help the community learn useful information, teach students to organize, prepare and to hold events? For example, the Sumy branch of KNUIA lacked diversity – events are held regularly, they are not bad, but somewhat similar to each other, publications were entirely absent…

When I started working in the public reception office of the Ukrainian Helsinki Human Rights Union (hereinafter – UHHRU), one of my responsibilities was to draw up such schedules. And I didn’t like planning either… at first!

It soon became clear that by spending an extra half hour a month, I greatly simplify my work. Because there were months when invitations to joint events were held almost every week, there was a need to publish explanations of legislative novelties in accordance with the project theme, and suddenly it was necessary to hold one or two events outside the plan. And there were periods of so-called “silence” when nothing happened in the public sector of the Sumy region. It is on such days that you could hold one thing, and another next week, without overloading your nervous system.

Returning to the importance of planning, it is not difficult to think of one live event for the next 3-4 weeks, to which participants will be invited according to the topic. We add to the schedule the approximate number of participants we would like to invite as participants/partner organization/stakeholder representatives – and half the work is already done.

Planning can take place according to thematic “days”: Human Rights Day, 16 days against violence, Anti-trafficking, etc. In such cases, you can schedule publications. For example, before the International Day of Persons with Disabilities (the closest that came to mind – 3 of December), a student counselor can think and write a relevant article, which is published not only on the website of the institution but also on the websites of partners of the clinic. Writing articles and recommendations with representatives of partner organizations and institutions is another way to diversify your activities and improve cooperation.

Continuous planning will allow you to effectively organize various forms of legal activities and bring your work to a new level of cooperation with partners – tested personally.

 

Author:

Natalia Yesina, coordinator of the legal education department of the UHHRU public reception office in Sumy Region

Why the Planning of Legal Activities is Necessary for a Legal Clinic?
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