I never went to a law school in the United States – but I would imagine that they essentially they teach you about law, its interpretation, and its enforcement. Not so in Ukraine – there, legal complexities of the system lead to something different.
Last week I was in Kyiv, Ukraine where we held a rather interesting seminar at one of the country’s top universities. After the seminar, I got to spend some time with law school students and learn a little bit more about their education.
They were quite open about the problems of Ukraine. They were even more open about the quality of their education. Especially after I highlighted some of the numbers from the Doing Business Database, where Ukraine ranks 181 in the world in dealing with construction permits as well as in paying taxes, 141 in registering property, and 134 in starting a business.
“This is not a problem,” I was told.