USAID Helps the Ministry of Education Establish National Standards for Legal Education

On August 17, 2020, Ukraine’s Ministry of Education and Science (MOES) approved a decree establishing the National Standards for a Master’s Degree in Law, which is a follow-on to the National Standards for a Bachelor’s Degree in Law earlier developed with USAID support and approved in 2018.

Since then, USAID through its New Justice Program supported the MOES Subcommittee on Legal Education Standards in developing, reviewing, and finalizing the requirements for master’s degree programs in law in compliance with international and European quality assurance standards.

This document is an important step for Ukraine to achieve self-reliance in ensuring legal education quality nationwide. It aims at safeguarding the key learning outcomes, introducing practice-oriented training focused on developing legal skills and application of the rule of law. It also motivates various universities to choose unified approaches to the content of training programs for lawyers. In addition, the standards clearly establish the indicators of legal education quality, stipulate admissions to master’s degree programs in law through a mandatory, external, independent standardized entrance exam and graduation through an independent unified state qualifications exam. These comprehensive efforts will ultimately help improve the quality of professional training of future lawyers, which in its turn is a prerequisite for strengthening Ukraine’s capacity to further modernize the justice sector and increase public confidence in the legal profession.