LAW SCHOOLS RANKING

The Law Schools Ranking (hereinafter - the “Ranking”) aims to assess the level of different law schools in Ukraine, show how they differ, provide information for entrants to facilitate the informed choice of study, and for employers to facilitate the informed recruitment, and also aims to stimulate the development of law schools and improve the quality of legal education in Ukraine.

The development and implementation of this law school ranking tool were made possible by the initiative of the Ukrainian Bar Association with the support of the USAID New Justice Program and in cooperation with the American Chamber of Commerce in Ukraine, the Association of Legal Clinics of Ukraine, the Students' League of the Ukrainian Bar Association. Justice », DEJURE Foundation and Forbes Ukraine.

Criteria for law schools admission to ranking

  • A total of 150 students study full-time.
  • At the last Single Professional Entry Test (SPET), at least 60% of students passed the thresholds in Law, provided that at least 10 people passed the exam.

Under these conditions, 59 law schools were included in the ranking.

Selection of criteria

We suggested a list of criteria, that was assessed by a focus group (teachers and representatives of the legal professions) from 1 (minimum) to 10 (maximum)

Following the discussion and taking into account the above rules and the possibility of collecting data on various criteria, the working group has formed a final list indicating the weight of each criterion in the methodology.

Weight assigned to a particular criteria

  • Level of professional knowledge of graduates - 30% (60 points)
  • Level of critical thinking of graduates - 15% (30 points)
  • Level of foreign language teaching - 10% (20 points)
  • Attractiveness of master programs - 10% (20 points)
  • Attractiveness of bachelor programs - 10% (20 points)
  • The level of trust of employers in the school - 25% (50 points)

Maximum points - 200

Criterion 1: Level of professional knowledge

Shall be determined based on the average score from the “Law” test section among graduates of bachelor programs who passed the threshold at the last SPET.

Criterion 2: Critical thinking level

Shall be determined based on the average score from the general law competence test section among graduates of bachelor programs who passed the threshold during the last SPET.

Criterion 3: Level of foreign language teaching

Shall be determined based on the difference between the result of an external independent assessment in a foreign language before studying for a bachelor degree and the result of a single entrance examination in the relevant foreign language in the year of graduation from the bachelor degree.

Criterion 4: Attractiveness of master programs

Shall be determined based on the average score from the “Law” test section among entrants to master programs who passed the threshold during the last SPET and obtained a bachelor's degree in another higher education institution.

Criterion 5: Attractiveness of bachelor programs

Shall be determined based on the average competitive score among entrants to bachelor programs in Law and International Law, enrolled on a full-time and state-financed basis.

Criterion 6: The level of trust of employers in the law school

Shall be determined based on a law firms’ survey.

The following law firms were invited for an interview:

  1. TOP-30 law firms according to the national rating;
  2. from 4 to 6 leading regional firms of Kharkiv, Lviv, Odesa, and Dnipro;
  3. from 1 to 3 leading regional firms from other regions of Ukraine, selected by the Ukrainian Bar Association.

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