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  • ENHANCING THE EMPLOYABILITY OF LAW STUDENTS THROUGH PRACTICAL EDUCATION

Project name
LEGAL CLINICS IN THE SERVICE OF VULNERABLE GROUPS: ENHANCING THE EMPLOYABILITY OF LAW STUDENTS THROUGH PRACTICAL EDUCATION

Abbreviated name: ENEMLOS
Status: Running project
Duration and implementation period: 3 years / October 2019 - October 2022
Source of finances: Erasmus + (EU programme for education, training, youth and sport)
Total budget: 696.449,00 euro
BCM status: Partner institution
BCM available budget: 24.049,00 euro
Direct user: Faculty of Law, University of Montenegro


National partners:
Supreme Court of Montenegro
Supreme State Prosecutor’s Office of Montenegro
Notary Chamber of Montenegro
Chamber of Judicial Officers of Montenegro
Center for Mediation


International partners:
REGENTS University London (Great Britain)
Faculty of Law, University of Zagreb  (Croatia)
Polish Legal Clinics Foundation (Poland)
Faculty of Law, University "HASAN PRISTINA" (Kosovo)
Faculty of Law, University HAXHI ZEKA " (Kosovo)
Faculty of Law, University "KADRI ZEKA" (Kosovo)
Basic Court Gjilan (Kosovo)
Kosovo Bar Association


The project’s goal
The primary goal of the project is to increase the employment prospects of law graduates through practical training within a legal clinic. The legal clinic should provide students with a direct contact with genuine clients, enabling an opportunity for professional practice during the studies itself. This significantly improves the professional skills of young law graduates, which cannot be achieved exclusively through simulated processes and the studies of legal theory lone.

Usefulness for the partner


The most significant complaint of employers within the legal profession, including the BCM membership, related to the previous period was the lack of practical skills of law graduates, which is evident during their first employment. For this reason, the project is useful for employers who will have the opportunity to shape the professional skills of young lawyers according to their own needs during their very studies. Accordingly, within the first employment of law graduates, their training for independent work shall be shortened, since during the studies itself they are enabled to advance in the counselling skills, problem solving and creative thinking, thus reducing the employer s investments in professional development of younger colleagues who faster become productive members of a working collective. Furthermore, the project shall contribute to the recruitment of talents within the pre-employment phase, i.e. already in the educational phase.

Usefulness for the society


The project is of a pilot character, which means that, if successful, it should review and set up a new model for the permanent introduction of factual practice in the process of higher education of future lawyers. The project should have a significant positive impact on law studies in partner countries and on improving cooperation between faculties and the judiciary system, bar associations and governmental and non-governmental organizations; all of these are the long-term indirect benefits.

The direct benefit of the project is reflected through the assistance that students and law faculties from partner countries shall provide to the community in cases in which an interested party is not able to afford a lawyer. By this way, it shall contribute to the more comprehensive achievement of the rights of members of vulnerable groups, due to easier access to free legal aid. This shall have a generally positive impact on the society, since equal access to justice enables the rule of law and the society which is more stable and healthy.


Project description
At the legal clinic, law students provide legal advice and other legal services to genuine clients, under the professional supervision of academic mentors and qualified lawyers from partner institutions. The clinic provides access to legal advice and information to economically deprived and vulnerable social groups who do not have sufficient financial resources to afford a lawyer, while the professional supervision guarantees the quality of the advice given. According to the branches of law that are the most important for the clients concerned, students are organized into specialized groups, namely: human rights, criminal law, commercial law, property law, family law, inheritance law and contract law.

Although law clinics are focused on providing advice to genuine low-income clients or those clients who do not have access to legal aid, efforts will be made to provide legal support to start-ups in the field of corporate law according to the needs of successful clinic implementation or a need to identify candidates for international law competitions in the field of commercial and international law.


BCM implementation team:
Project director: dr Nina Radulović, PhD, attorney at law
Quality Director: Maja Živković, attorney at law
Secretary: Ivana Aničić


For more information: www.enemlos.ucg.ac.me


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