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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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Clinical Legal Education in Africa: Legal Education and Community Service

Clinical Legal Education in Africa: Legal Education and Community Service

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(p.23) 2 Clinical Legal Education in Africa: Legal Education and Community Service
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The Global Clinical Movement
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DAVID MCQUOID-MASON

ERNEST OJUKWU

GEORGE MUKUNDI WACHIRA

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381146.003.0002

This chapter covers clinical legal education in Southern, East, and West Africa. It includes a short history of law clinics in each region, as well as an analysis of why the law clinics were needed and a description the clinical programs' requirements and the types of training and evaluation used. In most African countries, university law clinics were established to provide legal services and access to justice for poor and marginalized communities, as well as to teach law students practical skills. As in the United States during the 1960s, the South African clinical movement in the 1970s was closely linked to access to justice and therefore “live client” clinics tend to be the norm. The chapter concludes that apart from educating law students in practical skills and social justice, law clinics can also play a crucial role in supplementing the paucity of legal aid services in most African countries.

Keywords:   law clinic, Africa, access to justice, social justice, poor communities, legal aid, live client, practical skills, training

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