Kosovo: Pathways to Legal Excellence

On March 24, USAID’s Mission Director, James Hope, joined representatives of the Bar Association, the University of Pristina, Iliria College and NCSC to celebrate the achievements of USAID’s Kosovo Legal Profession (KLP) Program, implemented by NCSC. The event commemorated the efforts to develop a capable, accountable, and inclusive legal workforce in Kosovo. The event, attended by 120 legal professionals, educators, students, and justice sector partners, offered an opportunity to reflect on the challenges of the future. With an aging legal profession that remains predominantly male, Kosovo’s legal profession must engage young people in the practice of law. Panelists discussed strategies to counter the youth deficit and continue to prepare the next generation of legal professionals to meet the needs of the workforce and ensure that the legal profession is inclusive and representative of the country’s diversity.

The KLP came to a close on March 31, following a three-year journey toward legal excellence. As a result of interventions, students benefit from better, more practice-oriented learning opportunities that will enable them to meet the needs of Kosovo’s citizens. Between 2012 and 2015, 494 students have benefitted from legal clinics taught at partner universities and more than 1,700 students have attended career development exchanges or enrolled in internships. Assistance to the KBA has resulted in a stronger, more service-oriented organization that enforces high standards of professional ethics and accountability, and provides services at the regional level that meet the needs of its members.

The KLP Program was implemented by NCSC under a three-year cooperative agreement with USAID. For more information on the KLP Program, please visit www.justice-ks.org.