The leaders and teachers of the 12 leading law schools of Ukraine are taking part in the workshop on the Modern Teaching Toolkit for Ukrainian legal educators organized by USAID New Justice Program. The event is aimed at improving the methodology of teaching legal disciplines and is part of efforts in introducing the Model Law School Curriculum.
The USAID New Justice Program, at the request of the Ministry of Justice, supported the development of a Model Law School Curriculum, having engaged six international experts with significant experience in teaching and running educational programs in law schools. The Model Law School Curriculum provides for the teaching of key legal disciplines and a wide room for introducing innovations by law schools in order to ensure the high-quality training of future generations of lawyers in line with modern labor market requirements.
A number of law schools have already confirmed their interest in collaborating on the modernization of educational programs. As this effort involves reviewing the current practice of designing training courses and improving the methods of teaching legal discipline, USAID New Justice Program experts, professor of Gonzaga University Gerald Hess and the New Hampshire University School of Law professor Sophie Sparrow have developed a Modern Teaching Toolkit for Ukrainian educators.
Professor Gerald Hess is a leading American scholar on legal education. During his teaching at the law schools of the University of Gonzaga and Phoenix, Professor Hess received thirteen annual awards and awards in teaching. Professor Sparrow is also a recognized leader in innovation in legal education and received, among other things, the Inaugural Award for Innovation and Excellence in Teaching Professionalism.
The workshop, conducted by Sophie Sparrow, aims to strengthen the ability of law schools to apply modern methods of future lawyers training. The program includes an overview of the latest approaches to teaching and motivating students, interactive techniques, role play, and the development of a curriculum based on these approaches.
To begin with, Ms. Sparrow invited the participants to put themselves in students’ shoe and pay attention to what will motivate them during the course. Subsequently, representatives of the administration and professors of Ukrainian law schools were given the opportunity to discuss and practice modern interactive teaching methods. The topics proposed for professional discussion also include the principles of development of teacher and student assessment, types of feedback on teaching and learning, a review of the curriculum development process, experiential learning and requirements for visual and graphic teaching materials.
Invited to give welcoming remarks the Deputy Minister of Education and Science Yuriy Rashkevich and USAID New Justice Program Chief of Party David Vaughn expressed the hope that, in the process of working together, the leaders of key law schools will establish a community of Modern Teaching Toolkit practitioners and will further rollout this experience among their colleagues throughout Ukraine.