The experimental study laboratory Law Clinic was founded is the late 1990th by the initiative of Volodymyr Sushchenko, the Dean of the Department of Law of Kyiv-Mohyla Academy at that time. With an active support of the students of the Department this experiment started in 1999 and gained the official status of a consulting center on May 11th 2000. One of the first events held by the Clinic was a training session organized in cooperation with the Law Schools of England and Welles. This session played a big role in the Clinic’s foundation process.
Today the Law Clinic is functioning as a base for student practice at the Kyiv-Mohyla Department of Law. The students of the Department of Law are taking their mandatory practical course here, and also the Clinic serves as a working platform for the elective Law Practicum available for the students of all departments of the Academy.
Besides the educational function – providing the students with the necessary practice – the Clinic has a important social goal – it gives legal assistance and consulting to the vulnerable social groups free of charge.
The main functions of the Law Clinic’s activity are
- providing legal aid in different branches (with exception of criminal law)
- organizing conferences, seminars, trainings in law and legal education
- organizing popular introductory courses in law for primary schools, colleges and social institutions
The Clinic provides free legal aid in the spheres of
- defense of the constitutional rights of individuals and organizations
- civil, housing, family, labor law and social justice
- legal regulations of business and investment activity
- defense of the right of children
All the services are regulated by the principles of confidence and professional ethics. The students are working here under the supervision of their trainers – experienced professional lawyers.
The Clinic maintains close working relations with multiple governmental structures of different levels and NGOs. The list of our constant partners include
- Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine
- International Charity Foundation for Kyiv-Mohyla Academy Restoration
- OSCE Project Coordinator in Ukraine
- Renaissance International Foundation
- American Bar Association
- Ukrainian Legal Aid Foundation
- Legal Century Organization (Юридична Сотня)
- Vifania Social Service
04070, Kyiv, Ukraine
Naberezhno-Khreshchatytska str. 27,Room 4
Phone: (044) 425 53 61