Head of the legal clinic of the faculty of law - Natia Kajaia
Approved by the Minutes of Meeting N 10 of 9 September 2013
Of the Faculty of Law,
Modified by the Minutes of Meeting N 3 of 28 February 2013,
Of the Faculty of Law,
Regulations of the legal clinic of the faculty of law
Article 1. Status
1. The given Regulation was developed on the basis of Article 5(4)(e) and Article 9 of the regulations of the THU faculty of law, and it defines the status and functions of the legal clinic of THU faculty of law;
2. The legal clinic of the faculty of law (hereinafter the Clinic) represents an educational structural unit of the THU faculty of law, which provides the opportunity to obtain the proficiency in the educational practice component determined under professional practice syllabus within the Bachelor’s and Master’s law program implemented on the faculty of law;
3. The Clinic, on the basis of this Regulation, educational programs and appropriate syllabuses under the Bachelor’s and Master’s programmes of law, ensures the implementation of the practical educational course, which from its side, is oriented to work out skills in students to exercise appropriate professional skills in practice;
4. The Clinic is not a legal person, it has no Office of the Registrar, letterhead and seal.
Article 2. Functions
1. The Clinic ensures the implementation of the educational component of the professional (educational and internship) practical course under the Bachelor’s and Master’s program of the faculty of law;
2. The Clinic facilitates the consolidation of the theoretical knowledge obtained by students, and the development of skills to exercise the acquired knowledge in practice, the development of professional skills by students and the examination of general and specific competencies obtained in the academic environment in the actual and/or imitated life; the deepening and consolidation of the theoretical knowledge and its use in the resolution of practical tasks; the examination of the readiness of a student for an independent work.
3. The clinical education envisages the development of general and specific competencies under the syllabus, and in particular the development of the following below given skills:
A) Finding initial information on professional activities, the interpretation of initial results, their evaluation, procession and storage (fixation);
B) Finding information from different sources, procession and analysis for the purposes of resolving legal problems, legal assessment of actual functions (qualification);
C) Using theoretical knowledge in the professional context;
D) Preparing legal documents;
E) Operation on the basis of the lawyer’s ethical norms;
F) Approving the skills under sub-paragraphs of the given paragraph by means of legal consultation of clients and legal service, and the development of communication skills.
Article 3. Scope and Rules of activity
1.The implementation process of the educational practice involves the following stages:
A) Preparatory meeting;
B) Providing information to a student by the head of the practical course and introducing the contents of syllabuses, the planning of works;
C) Involvement in the work process and making daily logs in the diary of practical works, and implementing the scheduled activities in accordance with the syllabuses;
D) Giving consultation to students by the head of the practical course;
E) Preliminary review/assessment of the practical course, by demonstrating the works completed;
F) Maintaining a diary of practical activities and preparing a report of practical works performed;
G) Final assessment of practice - presenting to the public the report of practical works completed.
2. Clinical educational activities may be:
A) Codification and systematization of the legislation of Georgia; preparing draft laws, etc;
B) Attending trials in court by the students and holding discussions on the trial, the review of the results of trial; analysing and assessing (in the written form) positions of the participants of the trial (a claimant and a respondent) and of their representatives (lawyers); preparing draft decisions with regard to the dispute under review (in writing);
C) Filing a motion to the Public Defender’s Office on particular facts of the violation of human rights, in accordance with the law of Georgia on a Public Defender;
D) Organizing and providing free legal consultations to socially vulnerable and other circles (for example, for students), clients under the supervision of the head of the practical courses and/or under the supervision of the invited specialists under the syllabuses;
E) organizing and providing free legal consultations to socially vulnerable and other circles (for example, for students), clients under the supervision of the head of the practical courses and/or under the supervision of the invited specialists under the syllabuses (preparing documents for obtaining double citizenship, preparing procedural documents related to the registration of the title to property at the National Agency of Public Registry; preparing draft legal and civil contracts; preparing administrative claims; preparing lawsuits for administrative offences; preparing claims and counter claims on civil and administrative disputes, etc). For this purpose:
E.a) A registry shall be opened for each physical and legal person (according to the form approved by the head of the legal clinic);
E.b) The students shall jointly prepare applications, claims, appeals, counter claims against claims and appeals, and other procedural (legal) documents;
E.c) Study the case files and obtain evidence;
E.f) Participate in trials and administrative proceedings and protect the interests of the assurer in accordance with the procedures provided for by the legislation of Georgia;
E.g) other activities determined under the syllabus.
Article 4. Syllabus
The legal clinic is used within the framework of professional (educational/internship) practice under the Bachelor’s/Master’s program. Joint projects prepared with the participation of invited specialists from outside the University may be implemented in the legal clinic.
Article 5. Structure
1. The Clinic is headed by the academic staff member of the faculty of law, who is at the time the author/co-author of the professional practice;
2. The activities in the clinic are carried out by the academic staff members who are authors/co-authors of the professional practical syllabus.
3. Practical specialists may be invited to work in the Clinic.
Article 6. Assessment
1. The assessment of the practice completed in the Clinic by the student within the framework of professional (educational/internship) practice is carried out on the basis of the instructions for carrying out professional (educational/internship) practice;
2. The assessment of the activities of the clinic shall be carried out on the basis of indicators prepared by the THU Quality Assurance Service, by way of interrogation of students and academic personnel, also by interrogating the beneficiaries of service provided by the clinic free of charge, which is performed in accordance with the attached questionnaire.
Article 7. Making amendments and addenda
Amendments and addenda to the Regulation may be made on the basis of the decision of the council of the faculty of law.