A Student Guide to Clinical Legal Education and Pro Bono

by Edited by Kevin Kerrigan and Victoria Murray

About this book

Clinical legal education – the participation by law students in the giving of legal advice and representation to actual clients – is playing an increasingly important role within UK law schools. Pro bono - the provision of free legal advice or representation for those who may otherwise have no access to justice - is a vital part of the legal profession's commitment to the rule of law.

This book is written by members of staff at Northumbria University's ground-breaking legal clinic, the Student Law Office. The authors, all of whom are qualified solicitors, have applied their long experience of clinical legal education into providing an authoritative and practical guide to all aspects of the subject, from valuable advice on establishing a law clinic and the professional and ethical issues involved, to practical skills such as interviewing, drafting and advocacy.

The text includes detailed lists of further reading and a series of practical activities at the end of each chapter.

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About the authors

KEVIN KERRIGAN Associate Dean for Undergraduate and Clinical Programmes at Northumbria University School of Law, UK. He is the editor of the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and organises an annual international clinical conference. He also runs the criminal appeal clinic at Northumbria University's Resources Law Office, is a co-ordinator of the Clinical Legal Education Organisation and is on the Advisory Board of the United Kingdom Centre for Legal Education.

VICTORIA MURRAY Senior Lecturer at Northumbria University School of Law, UK. She has a deep appreciation of clinical legal education from both a Resources and staff perspective, having trained as a solicitor within the university's Resources Law Office and being now an employment supervisor and co-ordinator of the clinical module at year 3 of the LLB degree.

Table of Contents

  • Foreword - The Rt Hon the Baroness Scotland of Asthal
  • What is clinical legal education and pro bono?
  • Setting up a clinical legal education or pro bono project
  • Ethics and professional conduct in clinic and pro bono
  • Client funding
  • Working with your supervisor and others
  • Interviewing and advising
  • Legal writing and drafting
  • Practical legal research
  • Organising and strategising
  • Advocacy
  • Presentations
  • Reflection
  • Assessment
  • Clinic, pro bono and your career
  • Resources