Information for law students
At PILS, we believe that thinking about the law in creative, strategic ways shouldn’t be an optional extra.
Clinical Legal Education – what does that actually mean?
Clinical legal education is a way of learning that translates theory into reality. There is no set definition of clinical legal education, but it usually involves law students solving case queries alongside qualified practitioners, either in a real-life law clinic or as part of a practical exercise.
The Clinical Legal Education Handbook defines it as: any clinic activity (whether accredited or extra-curricular) in which each student takes responsibility for legal or law-related work for a client (whether real or simulated) in collaboration with a supervisor.
If you have the opportunity to develop these skills from day one of your degree, then it brings the concept of access to justice to life. Practically, it also gives you a chance to see what working in a particular area of law is actually like.
Put simply, clinical legal education is about practicing what you preach. Learning by doing.