"Arzinger" gave a grant on studies on the master's Degree program on human rights UCU

As you know, Arzinger set up a scholarship for UCU LL.M in Human Rights. 

One of this year’s applicants for UCU LL.M in Human Rights had the opportunity to obtain a scholarship from Arzinger Law Office.

Following three competition rounds, the winner was Khrystyna Derkach, a graduate of Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv.

We asked Khrystyna to comment on her victory.

This is what she told us.

- Khrystyna, how did you find out about the scholarship for UCU LL.M in Human Rights from Arzinger?

I found out about the scholarship from Arzinger on Facebook.

- How did you rate your chances?

Approximately by one sentence: "I expected the worst, but hoped for the best."

I had hardly any time to prepare for the contest, as the deadline for the first task was the last day of my participation in the Kaleidosсope Internship project. Along with that, I was preparing for graduate admission tests and I knew that I needed more time. I had internship all day and studied all night, just like a normal student.

Nine participants, students of International Relations Institute, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, National Aviation University, National University of Lviv, and Ostroh Academy, entered the scholarship contest. Half of them have already participated in the scholarship contest held last April.

I was anxious, as it was my first-time experience, while others had already had the opportunity to understand their shortcomings and to correct them.

However, I was quite motivated and was kindled with the idea of obtaining up-to-date education in law in Ukraine. I knew that I wanted education (i.e. knowledge, soft skills) rather than a cool diploma.

As for me, this is one of the key levers that encourage us to take decisive action!

As the result shows, the key to success is daily work, sincerity in the interview and certainly good luck, which is always in play!

- Was the competitive selection difficult? 

As I mentioned, we were 9 participants with a fairly high level of knowledge, each having a reasonable chance of receiving a scholarship. However, there was only one scholarship.

The selection was comprised of three stages.

The first one was writing an essay in English on the impact of the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities on access to justice for persons with disabilities.

The topic was interesting. I first studied legislation, enforcement statistics, problems.

The second stage took place in Lviv.

We were warned that the problem had to be solved in the Ukrainian language, but no other details were mentioned. Therefore, I reviewed everything. The case was about violation of a person’s rights in land relations. We were given 60 minutes time to find a solution and were not allowed to use any extra materials.

In fact, this is a great way to see how a person thinks and which defence system he or she chooses. Nobody expected us to directly refer to a particular provision in the Land Code of Ukraine or any other relevant regulation.

The third stage was an interview. The board consisted of 4 persons. It was a typical interview for admission or a grant to study abroad – "Tell us about yourself, where do you see yourself in five years, why UCU LL.M in Human Rights" etc. The interview languages were Ukrainian and English. The essay was discussed in English.

I did not feel tired after the contest. On the contrary, I was excited. I really believed that I had every chance to obtain education in Ukraine in line with European standards.

-  We know that  you were among the Kaleidoscope Internship participants. Did the program help you in choosing a career? 

Yes, of course!

The internship program made me understand that jurisprudence was still my life-time project requiring improvement on a daily basis to meet the challenges of today’s world.

When I was a senior at Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, I had to choose my specialization, so I chose civil law.

However, I have found out in practice that I am actually keen on tax law. It is more interesting for me to explore it. You feel excited and just cannot figure things out to the full extent without investing a great deal of effort!

I believe that Kaleidoscope Internship is an ideal project, which can help both graduates and junior students to timely find their niche in the legal career or to understand that law is not what they want to do.