The law library is an independent subunit of the NaUKMA main library that opened its doors in September, 1998 with only 2,600 volumes. Today the law library holds over 27,000 volumes.
The law library gives students access to periodical materials and an electronic catalogue which can be accessed from one of four computer terminals. Using these computers students can reference the online database of Ukrainian legislation, “Liga: Zakon.”
The Legal Clinic, which is an experimental teaching laboratory within the NaUKMA School of Law, began operating in 2001. The aim of the laboratory is to give students the opportunity to earn practical legal experience by providing pro bono legal consultations to needy individuals. Such consultations are given by law students enrolled in “Law Practicum”. Participating students are selected on a competitive basis, receive specialized training and work under the direction of practicing attorneys.
The central functions of the Legal Clinic are:
Providing legal consultations pertaining to:
Protection of constitutional freedoms and rights;
Civil law, family law, labor law and social services law
Legal regulation of commercial and investment activity
Protection of the rights of youths
Other legal questions
Holding conferences, seminars, and training workshops on the topic of clinical education
Implementing a program for the understanding of “Street Law”
Criminal Law and Criminalistics Clinic
In 2002, the Criminal Law and Criminalistics Clinic was formed within the Department of General Legal Studies in order to give students the opportunity to gain a hands-on education in Criminal Law and Criminalistics. By training with state of the art equipment students acquire a real-world understanding of the tactics necessary for successfully carrying out criminal investigations.
Center for the Innovation of Legal Education (CILE)
CILE was formed in 2002 as a result of the reorganization of the Law Information System Center (founded in 1998). The goal of CILE is to organize and coordinate research pertaining to the creation of new methodologies in legal education. CILE realizes this goal by creating and implementing innovative methods for the teaching of law at NaUKMA and by striving to improve the quality of legal education within the entire system of Ukrainian higher education. The most important activities of the Center include:
Researching recommendations made by institutions of higher education in Ukraine and in leading countries of the world on the subject of teaching legal disciplines
Designing new curricula and new programs of study in the legal sciences
Developing legal clinical education
Organizing conferences, symposiums, and seminars on the topic of modern legal education
Translating foreign publications on the topic of teaching methods in legal education
Publishing teaching materials as well as materials produced at conferences, seminars, and workshops on the topic of teaching methods in legal education
Forging relationships with international organizations, educational and research institutions in order to acquire and share the best techniques the world has to offer for preparing law students to become distinguished attorneys
Monitoring the ranking of higher legal education establishments in Ukraine
Moot Court Room
The NaUKMA Moot Court Room was opened in 2003 as a subunit of the Center for the Innovation of Legal Education. By simulating the Courtroom experience the Moot Court Room is used to train students in the procedural aspects of civil law, administrative law, criminal law, arbitrational law and constitutional procedural law.
The Moot Court Room is equipped with audio and video equipment with help of which students learn to try cases in the courts of Ukraine as well as the courts of foreign nations. The Moot Court Room is also used to try cases appearing before Kyiv Regional Courts.
School of Law Computer Laboratory
The Computer Laboratory was opened in 2003 in order to facilitate the work conducted by CINTLE, improve the quality of education at the NaUKMA School of Law and to create the conditions necessary for NaUKMA students and faculty to carry out independent academic work.
The Computer Lab realizes its goals by guaranteeing that NaUKMA students and faculty have access to computers, computer databases and the Internet, and by training students and other users of the Laboratory how to effectively utilize its resources.