A PLEA FOR CLINICAL LAW
AbstractDue to poverty and the inability to pay lawyers’ fees, there is a vast area of unmet legal need in Canada. Many feel that need could be met through increased clinical training in law schools. The article argues for the implementation of programs with two essential aspects: 1) education of students to fulfill the public service of providing legal counsel to indigent people and 2) the provision of that service itself as part of the profession’s responsibility. From an academic perspective, the arguments for and against legal clinics as a teaching device are surveyed. After reviewing the need for and desirability of implementing such clinics, the author concludes that, from a public service perspective, the benefits outweigh the criticisms all around.
Keywords:Law Schools, Legal Aid, Legal Education, Legal Profession, Social Welfare
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