Quality legal education is the foundation upon which an accountable and professional justice system can be built. Unfortunately, law students in Armenia are not getting the education and training they need, particularly in practical skills and critical thinking. As the U.S. government continues to decrease its development funding in many countries including Armenia due to budgetary constraints, creative solutions are needed to address these shortcomings.
ABA ROLI is one of the leading NGOs supporting legal reform in Armenia, and the only NGO working in legal education reform. Since 1996, ABA ROLI has helped establish Armenia’s bar association, the Chamber of Advocates, helped establish Armenia’s Public Defender’s Office to provide pro bono legal aid, and improved legal education and practical skills opportunities for Armenia’s future lawyers.