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The Global Clinical MovementEducating Lawyers for Social Justice$
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Frank S. Bloch

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381146.001.0001

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Street Law and Social Justice Education

Street Law and Social Justice Education

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(p.225) 15 Street Law and Social Justice Education
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The Global Clinical Movement
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RICHARD GRIMES

DAVID MCQUOID-MASON

ED O’BRIEN

JUDY ZIMMER

Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381146.003.0015

This chapter makes the case for a particular model of clinical legal education, termed Street Law or Streetlaw, which aims to provide people in the community a better understanding of legal rights and responsibilities and to empower them to make informed choices. The essential concept of clinical legal education is that law students learn through engaging in real cases and the public receive a service they might not otherwise access. While most clinics focus on helping individuals with their legal problems, Street Law clinics looks at the bigger picture of personal and community awareness of everyday legal issues. Drawing on examples of projects in many different jurisdictions, including South Africa, the UK, and the USA, the chapter shows the why and the how of this form of clinical and justice education, discusses the global impact of Street Law, and makes suggestions for successful outcomes.

Keywords:   clinical legal education, global impact, Street Law, Streetlaw, community awareness, South Africa, United States, United Kingdom, rights, responsibilities

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