CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION IN INDIA – AN ANALYSIS
By Yashwanth A S
Social justice is the first charge on our Constitutional order. It’s a legacy we leave to the longer-term generations without tarnishing its purity and power. A technique to push social justice is through clinical legal education (hereinafter “CLE”). The term “CLE” or “law clinic”, traditionally refers to a non-profit practice usually serving public interest or group within the society that is in a very underprivileged or exposed situation and, for various reason, lack access to system.
A law clinic, because the name suggests, might be everything from a student initiative done on spare time, totally separated from the college environment to a natural a part of a clinical university program. There are samples of clinics driven by practising lawyers that are more or less separated from law schools but with law students participating within the variety of an externship. The utilization of the word ‘clinic’ prompts the analogy of trainee doctors meeting real patients in their medical clinics. Within the academic context, these clinics provide hands-on experience to school of law students and services to varied (typically indigent) clients. Many legal clinics offer unpaid add one or more particular areas, providing free legal services to clients.
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