Reinventing Legal Education: How Clinical Education is Reforming Law Teaching and Practice in Europe (Introduction)

Alberto Alemanno & Lamin Khadar, Reinventing Legal Education: How Clinical Education Is Reforming the Teaching and Practice of Law in Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2018)

HEC Paris Research Paper No. LAW-2018-1293

37 Pages Posted: 13 Jun 2018 Last revised: 24 Aug 2018

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Alberto Alemanno

HEC Paris - Tax & Law

Lamin Khadar

New York University (NYU) - NYU School of Law (Paris); HEC Paris; European University Institute, Students; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: May 28, 2018

Abstract

European legal teaching - historically formalistic, doctrinal, hierarchical, and passive - is coming under increasing pressure to re-imagine itself as pragmatic, policy-aware, and action-oriented. Out of this context, a bottom-up movement of university law clinics appears to be emerging in Europe. Although intellectually indebted to the US model, the European variant reflects legal education and practice in Europe, specifically the multi-layered and multi-genetic legal landscape resulting from the Europeanization and internationalization of national legal systems, the globalization of European legal markets, and the growing demand for civic engagement in view of increasingly powerful supra-national institutions. Through the prism of clinical legal education, Reinventing Legal Education is the first attempt to gather scholarly and systematic reflections on the developments taking place in European legal teaching and practice. This groundbreaking book should be read by anyone interested in how clinical legal education is reinventing legal education in Europe.

Keywords: Legal Education, Law Reform, Participation, Civic empowerment, Coalitions, Legitimacy, Accountability, Civil society, European Union, Good governance

JEL Classification: K19, K33

Suggested Citation

Alemanno, Alberto and Khadar, Lamin, Reinventing Legal Education: How Clinical Education is Reforming Law Teaching and Practice in Europe (Introduction) (May 28, 2018). Alberto Alemanno & Lamin Khadar, Reinventing Legal Education: How Clinical Education Is Reforming the Teaching and Practice of Law in Europe. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press (2018) ; HEC Paris Research Paper No. LAW-2018-1293. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3185959

Alberto Alemanno (Contact Author)

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Lamin Khadar

New York University (NYU) - NYU School of Law (Paris) ( email )

Paris
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HEC Paris ( email )

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European University Institute, Students ( email )

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Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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