The Global Evolution of Clinical Legal Education: More than a Method
Richard J. Wilson, The Global Evolution of Clinical Legal Education: More than a Method (Cambridge University Press, 2018)
33 Pages Posted: 23 Jul 2019 Last revised: 23 Oct 2019
Date Written: March 1, 2019
This book documents both the historical origins of clinical experiments in the earliest days of US university legal education, and the now-global reach of clinical pedagogy as a proven tool for effective training of legal professionals. Clinical legal education provides an alternative to traditional pedagogies used in law schools all over the world, which largely continue to rely on lecture or case methods. It is more than just another pedagogical method. It provides a way for students to experience their emerging professional selves, while providing services or projects with poor and underrepresented clients.
The book is organized into two very distinct halves. The first half explores the earliest roots of clinical legal education in the United States during the period from 1870 through the end of the First World War. As Harvard’s case method caught on around the country, formal training in what I call the pedagogy of practice held on and flourished, together with the emergence of legal aid programs providing legal services to those without the resources for counsel. The second half of the book surveys the global growth of clinical legal education in the civil law world, with particular focus on the rapid development of clinical programs in the Middle East and Continental Western Europe. Each chapter in that section provides an in-depth history of a region, together with detailed case studies of particular countries or programs.
Keywords: legal education, clinical education, law school clinical programs
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