Примітка: при оцінюванні звертатиметься увага на те, чи усвідомлює претендент існування у правовому регулюванні відповідних відносин в Україні проблем, які можна вирішити з урахуванням досвіду, здобутого під час стажування у США.
Internship Proposal for Summer 2012
Taras Shevchenko National University Law School, Kyiv, Ukraine
United States Environmental Protection Agency, Washington, DC, USA
Goal: Enable a group of select law students from Ukraine to gain experience in the area of environmental law and the function of the U.S. legal system through rotational law clerk assignments in the public and private sectors.
Purpose: Legal practice in Ukraine is still emerging and lawyers entering practice face many practical and ethical dilemmas. This circumstance in not limited to the practice of environmental law, but exists in all areas of private and public sector practice. This program will provide the students with a necessary framework to assist them in overcoming obstacles in Ukrainian legal practice.
Structure: The program will give each student a total of approximately 45 workdays of experience in the federal government and private sector. The program will commence in early summer 2012. It is envisioned that each student will spend a majority of time at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in Washington, DC; with meetings and exposure to U.S. Department of Justice attorneys; and work with a private law firm. Each student will be given a primary mentor with the U.S. EPA. The U.S. EPA mentor will bear primary responsibility for the development of his or her student. The primary mentor will supervise one long-term assignment that will result in a substantial written work product.
Selection Process: Through a fair and open competition announced on November 1, 2011, between three and six students will be selected for participation in the program. The number of students selected will depend on available funding. An essay competition and interview process will serve to screen potential interns.
Stage One: The students will draft an essay in either Ukrainian or Russian language and given a choice of three essay topics. The topics will include: 1) The value of legal precedent: is precedent the source of law in Ukraine; 2) The right to environmental safety and protection and potential remedies to the violation of those rights in Ukraine; and 3) Legislative procedure in Ukraine. The essays will be limited to no more than 2000 words and receive scores from one to five in each of the following areas: 1) original scholarship and creativity; 2) understanding of current Ukrainian law; and 3) quality of writing. The Vice Dean of the School of Law will evaluate the essays.
In addition to the essay in Ukrainian or Russian, each applicant will provide a brief statement in English, limited to 750 words, describing the student’s future career plans, why the applicant needs to participate in the program, and how the student envisions his or her contribution to the democratic and economic development of Ukraine. The Vice Dean of the School of Law and one or more representatives from U.S. host institutions will evaluate the essays.
Stage Two: Those students with ample merit to proceed will draft a second essay in English, from a choice of three topics. Sources and reference materials will be provided for each topic. The essays will be limited to no more than 2000 words and will receive scores from one to five in each of the following areas: (1) quality of English writing, including, but not limited to knowledge of basic grammar and composition; (2) clarity of presentation, and (3) original scholarship and creativity.
Stage Three: The Vice Dean of the School of Law and one or more representatives from U.S. host institutions will interview the students receiving the highest scores.
November 1: Announcement of the program at the National University.
November 23: Last date to submit essays for stage one.
December 7: Students informed of eligibility to proceed to stage two.
January 16: Last date to submit essays for stage two.
February 15: Students informed of eligibility to proceed to stage three.
Week of March 5: Interviews conducted in English in Kyiv, Ukraine.
March 16: Students informed of results of final selection process.
Funding: Sources of funding for the students are being explored. It is anticipated that each student will need approximately $2500 to $3000 U.S. to defer the cost of airfare and incidentals while in the United States. Applicants will be informed and updated when financial assistance is obtained.
Residence: It is anticipated that each student will reside with a host family while in the program. This will assist the students in perfecting their English language skills and provide for a greater cultural exchange.
 Private law firm experience is still in the exploratory phase. Similarly, placement with the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee is being explored.