Legal Clinics – The example of the HEAD Law School Clinic in Paris

July 7th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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A New Way To Create Awareness About The Importance Of Law For Start-Ups

The HEAD Law School Clinic, in Paris, was created in January 2015, and is headed by Matthieu Brochier, who is a partner at the law firm Darrois Villey Maillot Brochier.

It is the first clinic dedicated to both business law and start-ups.

It provides students with hands-on legal experience under the supervision of lawyers who are not only experienced practitioners themselves, but who are also trained in educating and mentoring students. Students gain a wide range of skills; for example, they interview start-uppers and advise them. Students are exposed to a wide range of areas in business law such as: company law, intellectual property law, and employment law.

Today, the clinic has a strong network of partners and works with entrepreneurs from the prestigious Ecole Polytechnique PEI incubator. The clinic is composed of 26 students and around 10 lawyers. The rapid expansion of start-ups in Paris, and the growing demand for legal advice that has resulted, has made the HEAD Law School Clinic a strong actor in the economic and legal fabric of Paris, with a high development potential. The clinic gives students and entrepreneurs a palpable sense of why the law (and sometimes lawyers!) matters, how much good it can do, which cultivates values they will use throughout their professional lives.

For more information about the Clinic, see here.

Information about HEAD can be obtained here.

‘Learning by doing’ – The example of the Legal Clinic in Brescia

May 25th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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.

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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. –

Legal Clinics in Europe

May 4th, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Kashetu KYENGE – 8th Parliamentary term

Cécile Kashetu Kyenge, MEP, opened yesterday’s joint event of the European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) which aimed at showing the development of Clinical Legal Education in Europe and its potential in order to promote racial equality, counter racism and educate about non-discrimination. The event specifically discussed the results of a study presented by Clelia Bartoli, professor of Human Rights at the University of Palermo. The study showed that there are an increasing amount of legal clinics in Europe, which allow students to acquire knowledge, skills and competences through practice, and through this, help in preparing them for professional life. However, legal clinics are facing problems such as a lack of institutional recognition and difficulties ensuring sustainability in the continuity of activities. Without recognition and institutional status, it is difficult to access public funding.

The study provides, inter alia, some statistical information about the collaboration of legal clinics with Bars and Law Societies.

The CCBE has started cooperation with ENCLE last year in order to see where and how it can provide support and help in linking between legal clinics and Bars/Law Societies.

Over the coming months, the Training Blog will provide information about concrete legal clinics projects which involve Bars across Europe.

Creating a new generation of lawyers to promote equality and access to justice

April 22nd, 2016 § 0 comments § permalink

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Event: 03/05/2016, 11.00-13.00, European Parliament

The European Parliament Anti-Racism and Diversity Intergroup (ARDI) and the European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE) are organising an event on ‘Clinical Legal Education in Europe: Creating a new generation of lawyers to promote equality and access to justice’.

The aim of the event is to show the development of Clinical Legal Education in Europe and its potential in order to promote racial equality, counter racism and educate about non-discrimination.

At this event, Professor Clelia Bartoli will present the outcomes of a study on Clinical Legal Education in Europe. The event will also discuss best practices in Clinical Legal Education in Europe related to promoting equality, access to justice and diversity.

If you are interested in participating, please contact ENCLE at encle.info@gmail.com.

To learn more about ENCLE and the CCBE’s cooperation with ENCLE, see this article from October 2015.

Third Annual Conference of the European Network for Clinical Legal Education, 26/27 October 2015, Budapest

October 14th, 2015 § 0 comments § permalink

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As part of the CCBE’s  continuous cooperation with ENCLE, which started in 2014, Tibor Giba, member of the CCBE Training committee from Hungary, will be representing the CCBE at the third conference of ENCLE which will take place on 26/27 October 2015 in Budapest.

What is European Network for Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE)?

ENCLE is a European Network of persons committed to achieving justice through education. It aims to bring together persons from different countries, who exchange perspectives and work collaboratively from a variety of legal, educational and organizational settings in order to promote justice and increase the quality of law teaching through Clinical Legal Education (CLE).

What is Clinical Legal Education?

Clinical legal education is a legal teaching method based on experiential learning – it is about acquiring knowledge, skills and competences through practice. Learning methods, include, but are not limited to, the practical work of students on real cases. Students typically provide assistance with research, drafting legal arguments, and meeting with clients. The work of students is supervised by academics and professionals.

This two day conference is being organised around the following themes:

  • Improving the Social Justice Mission of Clinics;
  • The Role of Clinics in Higher Education;
  • Teaching Methodology;
  • Sustainability of Clinics; and
  • Clinical Impact.

The conference will include workshops, presentations, as well as panel and plenary discussions in order to share best practice and enhance the clinical movement across Europe. Details can be found here.

The CCBE started cooperating with ENCLE in 2014. The aim is to see how Bars and Law Societies can be better linked to legal clinics in their respective countries.

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