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Looking to the future of clinical legal education

University advice clinics can stimulate new opportunities for law graduates and help increase access to justice, write Vicky Kemp and Graham Smith

28 February 2017

In 2016, as part of a programme to review and reform its Legal Advice Centre, the School of Law at the University of Manchester commissioned a research study to investigate different models for clinical legal education in the UK and US.

Around 70 per cent of university law schools currently undertake pro bono work and they are increasingly adopting clinical methods by setting up legal advice clinics which give their students the opportunity to provide legal advice under the supervision of either in-house practising academic clinicians or pro-bono lawyers.

The proposed legal education reforms, and introduction of the solicitors qualifying exam, has the potential for law students to become more involved in clinical work, particularly if universities are responsible for managing work-based placements with legal practitioners.

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