On March 2, 2011, the USAID-funded East-West Management Institute Judicial Independence and Legal Empowerment Project (JILEP), in cooperation with the National Center for Educational Quality Enhancement (NCEQE), facilitated a roundtable discussion on the Regulation of Legal Education in Tbilisi. Representatives from the eighteen Georgian law programs recognized by the NCEQE, as well as representatives of the Judges’ Association of Georgia, the Notary Chamber of Georgia, and the Georgian Bar Association were invited to participate. Davit Kereselidze, Head of the NCEQE, chaired the roundtable discussion. Discussions were based upon the draft Five Standards of Higher Education, recently written and proposed by the NCEQE. The thirty participants discussed the need for specific standards for legal education, the core education and skills needed by a law graduate, and the necessity to involve legal stakeholders outside the law schools in the process. Prior to the roundtable, JILEP provided to the NCEQE expert commentary in the form of Proposed Indicators of Success for the Five Standards of Higher Education in Georgia, in response to the NCEQE’s request. The roundtable group agreed to provide written comments on their respective positions regarding specific standards and core law school curriculum to the NCEQE within ten days. NCEQE, JILEP, and all legal stakeholders will continue their cooperation as this critical process continues.
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