Bond University

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Bringing Clinical Learning into a Conventional Classroom


[Extract] Some forms of clinical legal education have been part of Australian legal education for many years. However, the focus of this clinical legal education has tended to emphasize either practice-oriented skills training, such as in the post graduate legal practice courses, or client service, which is emphasised at the Kingsford Legal Clinic, the Monash/Springvale program and the proposed Queensland program. Although attention to clinical legal education has increased recently among university based law schools in Australia, there is still some of the unfortunate polarization of views which marked the early days of the US debate about clinical legal education Conventional law teachers criticize clinical legal education for being limited to narrow, vocationally directed skills training, lacking rigour and a sufficient theoretical perspective, while clinicians accuse conventional academic legal education of being too theoretical or abstract, limited to narrow doctrinal concerns and unrelated to the real legal world.

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