Quick Facts and Frequently Asked Questions
Kosovo Law Faculty Instructional Development (KLFID) Program
The KLFID Program combines specialized instruction and experiential learning related to legal education and pedagogy with LLM courses that allow Kosovo law professors the opportunity to earn an LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law and a Certificate of Legal Pedagogy and Instruction. We anticipate between four and six funded scholarships for the 2016-17 class. Merit-based selection includes consideration of education and relevant experience.
The 10-month program begins in August 2016 and ends with commencement in May 2017. Students will study alongside colleagues enrolled in the LLM Program, with special elective courses and additional activities related to the Certificate of Legal Pedagogy and Instruction.
All students will reside inthe small university community of Ada, Ohio, in furnished, fully equipped two-bedroom apartments on campus. Students also will engage in numerous educational and cultural excursions off campus. The KLFID Program is fully funded, including all tuition and fees, housing, insurance, travel costs and a monthly stipend.
Upon graduation from the program, KLFID graduates are required to return to Kosovo and return to teaching, implementing the specialized skills learned during the program.
Frequently Asked Questions
ABOUT THE SELECTION PROCESS
Q: When is the application deadline for the 2016 entering class?
A: The deadline for applications for the 2016 entering class is July 5, 2016.
Q: When will the selection process be complete?
A: Applications will be reviewed immediately, and decisions will be announced very shortly thereafter with a start date of Aug. 8, 2016.
Q: If I do not have a TOEFL or IELTS score, is it possible to still apply for the program?
A: Yes. There may be opportunities to take an adaptive English-language assessment at a location to be determined in Prishtina between June 20, 2016, and July 8, 2016. This information will be conveyed to the individual applicants. Questions can be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Q: If I cannot complete my application for this year or am rejected, will there be other opportunities to participate in the program?
A: Maybe. Our funding is anticipated for one year, but it is possible that funding for additional years may be available.
Q: When should I be prepared to come to Ohio Northern University?
A: Students who are accepted to the program should be prepared to travel to Ohio Northern University during the first week of August 2016. Mandatory orientation begins on Aug. 8, 2016.
Q: If I am selected, can my spouse accompany me for the duration of the program?
A: No. The program cannot accommodate spouses.
ABOUT THE PROGRAM
Q: What does the program scholarship cover?
A: For students who are admitted to the KLFID Program, covered costs (pending final government funding approval) include full tuition and fees, housing, books, insurance, travel and visas, and a monthly stipend of $825 USD. The program will arrange for each student to open a local bank account for direct deposit on stipends.
Q: How long does the program last?
A: The program will run a total of 10 months. Starting in August, students will participate in a two-week orientation program, which includes acclimating to living in the U.S., learning the differences in the study of law in the U.S., and several social outings. This orientation is immediately followed by nine months of LLM courses and additional experiential learning in the Legal Pedagogy and Instruction Certificate Program. At the conclusion of the program, students will have earned an internationally recognized LLM in Democratic Governance and Rule of Law.
Q: Will there be an orientation for the KLFID Program?
A: Yes. Students will participate in a two-week orientation session upon arrival to Ohio Northern University that will include introductions to the University and College of Law, the Ada community, and local legal and governmental institutions.
Q: What classes are offered in the program?
A: Students will be enrolled in a variety of required classes in the College of Law, including instruction in American Legal Systems, Comparative Constitutional Law, Comparative Administrative Law, Legal Issues of Transitional Democracies, International Protection of Human Rights, Competitiveness and Corruption, International and Comparative Law of NGOs, and the capstone Rule of Law Seminar. Students also will have directed readings, coursework and experiential classroom experience while earning the Certificate in Legal Pedagogy and Instruction.
Q: Are there opportunities for internships?
A: No. Students in the program have an experiential-learning component through the Legal Pedagogy and Instruction Program. There are no other opportunities for outside internships.
Q: What is the average class size?
A: Class sizes range from 10 to 30 students. KLFID LLM students will take classes with other international LLM students as well as American law students at the University who are earning their Juris Doctors concurrently with their LLMs.
Q: Where can I buy textbooks for the program?
A: All materials required for the KLFID Program will be made available by the LLM Program throughout the year.
Q: How will student performance be evaluated?
A: Student evaluations are based on written assignments, presentations, and midterm and final examinations. The College of Law uses an A-to-F grading scale.
ABOUT OHIO NORTHERN UNIVERSITY AND ADA
Q: Where is Ohio Northern University?
A: Ohio Northern University is located in Ada, Ohio. Ada is a small town in Northwest Ohio, with a population of about 6,000 residents (including 3,300 students). Ada is about 80 miles away from the state capital, Columbus, Ohio, as well as Dayton, Toledo, and Fort Wayne, Ind. The small cities of Lima and Findlay are within 20 miles.
Q. What services are available in Ada?
A: Ada has all essential services, including grocery and drug stores, numerous restaurants, banks, a movie theatre, and doctor and dentist offices.
Q: What accommodations will be provided by Ohio Northern for the duration of the program?
A: Ohio Northern will provide students with two-bedroom, one-bathroom apartments that are within walking distance of campus. Each student will share an apartment with another LLM student of the same gender. All apartments are fully furnished with kitchen appliances, cookware and dishes, cable TV and internet, heating and cooling, and linens and blankets. On-site laundry facilities also are provided.