Model Law School Curriculum to Be Developed

On February 12-14, 2018, the USAID New Justice Program’s International Legal Education Experts, namely Prof. Delaine Swenson of the John Paul II Catholic University of Lublin, Director of the Center for Advancing Legal Skills (Poland), Prof. Hans Petter Graver, former Dean of Oslo University Faculty of Law (Norway), Prof. Bernd Heinrich of Tübingen University Faculty of Law (Germany), Prof. David Kereselidze of the New Vision University (Georgia), Prof. Emeritus Gerald Hess of the Gonzaga University School of Law (USA), and Prof. Speedy Rice of the Washington and Lee University School of Law (USA), conducted a series of interviews and focus group discussions with legal education policy makers from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Justice, representatives of the Council of Europe Commission on Democracy through Law (Venice Commission), the High Council of Justice, the High Qualifications Commission of Judges, the former leadership of the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance and the State Inspection of HEIs, law school administrators, faculty leaders, instructors, and senior law students representing most popular student organizations in Ukraine. The experts’ teamwork will result in a Model Law School Curriculum as a tool to strengthen Ukrainian law schools’ capacity to provide quality legal education in line with Bologna requirements and international best practices for preparing academically qualified lawyers of the 21st century.