The Department of International and Business law provides high quality bachelor level legal education in international law and business law spheres. The curriculum and the program itself are designed in a way to enable students to obtain solid grounding in substantive law along with developing unique practical lawyering skills. As a response to rapidly developing needs in the legal market we have gradually expended our curriculum by focusing on independent, analytical learning, and practical skills building, including excellent communication skills, ability to think in the fast changing world, strong work ethic, critical thinking, reading, and writing as well as problem-solving. We make every effort to fulfill our mission by offering students the curriculum, which combines the best of international and national intellectual traditions.
The Law Program aims to prepare students for jobs in international projects and organizations, state bodies, non-governmental organizations, private law firms, and commercial entities. Therefore, the program is focused on developing general cultural, general professional, and professional competencies of its students in the fields of public international law and commercial law with a goal to prepare a new generation of lawyers who will be active in strengthening the rule of law. At the heart of our Program is the combination of the best traditions of liberal American and Central Asian education with an individual approach to each student. The Program pursues the following tasks:
• recruitment of the best applicants through the selection process (additional admission examinations in English, Mathematics, and essay) and preparation as part of the "New Generation Academy" Program and the Preparatory department;
• development of an educational program that meets the demands of domestic and international labor markets with an objective to build and advance cultural, general, and professional competencies of students;
employment of qualified teachers with international degrees and support for continuous professional development of faculty;
systematic curriculum renewal and revision of learning outcomes with involvement of stakeholders, introduction of new courses aimed at developing professional skills of students (“Legal Writing,” “Legal Skills,” “Moot Court,” “Legal Clinic,” courses related to students’ participation in international competitions) as well as updating of educational and methodological materials on a regular basis with the application of innovative methods and educational technologies (electronic courses, electronic library, etc.);
implementation of the principle of student-centered learning by providing flexible learning pathways with reliance on regular feedback (course evaluation by students and student grievance redress mechanism) and by supporting students’ autonomy;
internationalization of the program via conclusion of international agreements on academic collaboration with universities and various organizations (student and teacher exchange programs, joint training programs and summer schools);
regular cooperation with state authorities, non-governmental entities, and commercial organizations (foreign and local) with respect to student internships in order to evaluate the achievement of learning outcomes;
service to the community via provision of free legal aid and contribution to the development of legal culture and the rule of law by way of conducting research and organizing socially significant events (the annual national constitutional justice moot court ‘‘Adilet’’ organized jointly by the Law Program, the Constitutional Chamber of the Supreme Court of the Kyrgyz Republic and international organizations, etc.).
Law Program Learning Outcomes
Graduates of the Law Program should have the following competencies:
1. carry out professional activities in good faith on the basis of developed
legal consciousness, legal thinking, and legal culture and with observation of ethical principles of the legal profession;
2. apply professional judgment, perform quality legal analysis, conduct legal research, and solve legal problems;
3. be able to speak and write in an argumentative, logical, and clear way in the legal context, have skills necessary to draft legal documents, be fluent in the English language at the level of professional communication;
4. draft normative legal acts and carry out their legal expertise in the field of professional activity;
5. interpret and apply substantive and procedural norms, provide qualified legal opinions and consultations in concrete types of legal activity;
6. demonstrate leadership qualities, active citizenship, take and develop initiatives aimed at promotion of civil society and welfare state;
7. understand the essence and significance of information in the development of modern society and law, master the basic methods of working with information and information technologies in the professional sphere.
AUCA Liberal Arts Human Rights Concentration is the first and the only undergraduate program of its type in Central Asia offering US accredited degree through a partnership with Bard College. It is aimed at preparing young specialists with inter-disciplinary background in human rights to serve not only in Central Asian institutions but also at the global level. Being a student of Human Rights Concentration will allow you to discover the entirely new world of specialty via the prisms of law, history, politics, sociology, film, media anthropology, regional studies and other fields. The rapid development of human rights and the compelling need of the Kyrgyz and Central Asian community for the experts in this particular field would enable the graduates of the program to be of vital importance not only in their local communities but in the region as well.