As announced previously, the Training Blog will provide from now on regularly information on legal clinics in Europe. The first post is about the Legal Clinic in Brescia, Italy.
The Brescia Legal Clinical programme was established in 2009 at the Brescia Faculty of Law.
The aim was to change the traditional way of teaching and learning law by introducing and experimenting new methodologies.
The Brescia Legal Clinic makes it possible for students to deal with real cases – under supervision.
These cases cover different legal fields: Civil Law and Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Labour Law, International Law, Immigration Law, Comparative Law, Consumer Law, Anti-discrimination Law, Administrative Law and Criminology. The cases are are chosen taking into account various factors: educational value, exemplarity, social relevance. Cases may also be suggested by lawyers and NGOs which the Clinic collaborates with. Students working on a specific case have to comply with legal ethics. They usually work in small groups (2-4 people) and are supervised by a professor and a lawyer.
The Clinic has been benefiting from remarkable support and active collaboration with the local Bar Association, which is permanently involved in the organisation of the courses and present in the Scientific Committee of the course itself through some of its members. 10 local lawyers -who have a significant professional experience- are regularly involved in the program, at two different levels:
- Lawyers are supervisors together with law professors;
- Lawyers are asked to conduct regular seminars and/or simulations in relation to significant aspects of their professional work.
More detailed information about the Legal Clinic project in Brescia can be found here.
– The editor would like to thank Cristina Amato from the University of Brescia for providing information on the legal clinic in Brescia. –