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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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The Bologna Process and the Future of Clinical Education in Europe: A View from Spain

The Bologna Process and the Future of Clinical Education in Europe: A View from Spain

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(p.121) 8 The Bologna Process and the Future of Clinical Education in Europe: A View from Spain
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The Global Clinical Movement
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DIEGO BLÁZQUEZ-MARTÍN

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381146.003.0008

This chapter addresses the role that the Bologna Process for the construction of a European Higher Education Area has played in promoting changes in Spanish legal education, and the role that clinical legal education can play in the transition from a classical model of legal education to the model, methodology, and aims of the Bologna Process. It presents a brief overview of the origins and state of legal education in Spain, an explanation of how the Bologna Process can influence Spanish legal education, and a discussion of existing clinical programs in Spain. The chapter demonstrates that clinical education has had an impact at some of the leading law schools in Spain since the beginning of the implementation of the Bologna Process, and argues that it can be one of the most useful tools to achieve the aims of legal education reform in continental Europe: updating, modernizing, internationalizing, and promoting social awareness.

Keywords:   Bologna Process, European Higher Education Area, Spain, reform, model, methodology, modernizing, internationalizing, social awareness

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