Clinical legal education is playing an increasingly important role in educating lawyers worldwide. In The Global Clinical Movement: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice, editor Frank S. Bloch and contributors describe the central concepts, goals, and methods of clinical legal education from a global perspective, with a particular emphasis on its social justice mission.
With chapters written by leading clinical legal educators from every region of the world, The Global Clinical Movement demonstrates how the emerging global clinical movement can advance social justice through legal education. Professor Bloch and the contributors also examine the influence of clinical legal education on the legal academy and the legal profession and chart the global clinical movement's future role in educating lawyers for social justice.
The Global Clinical Movement consists of three parts. Part I describes clinical legal education programs from every region of the world and discusses those qualities that are unique to a particular country or region. Part II discusses the various ways that clinical programs and the clinical methodology advance the cause of social justice around the world. Part III analyzes the current state of the global clinical movement and sets out an agenda for the movement to advance social justice through socially relevant legal education.
"A major focus of clinical legal education is teaching appropriate professional values to entry-level lawyers. The project of figuring out how to do that is occurring in most of the legal education systems around the world. This book is important reading for anyone who aspires to be part of the international effort to train and enlist lawyers in the cause of justice."
-- Elliott S. Milstein
Professor of Law, American University Washington College of Law
"This unique book has truly global reach. It offers not only jurisdictional analysis and comparison but also a thematic account of the phenomenal rise of justice education throughout higher education, including its relationships with social justice, public legal education, professional ethics, and legal scholarship. The authors are to be applauded for this book, for which academics, lawyers, and students will be grateful."
-- Kevin Kerrigan
Associate Dean, School of Law, Northumbria University
Editor, International Journal of Clinical Legal Education
"This collection promotes the reorientation of legal education toward educating lawyers for social justice. It describes the current state of justice education in various countries, and explains the special roles that clinical legal education can play in teaching students about social justice inequities and the responsibility of lawyers to address them. Every law teacher should read this book, especially those who care about social justice and want their
students to care as well."
-- Roy Stuckey
Distinguished Professor Emeritus and Webster Professor of Clinical Legal Education Emeritus, University of South Carolina School of Law
"In this work Frank Bloch together with fifty others draws out the lofty ideal of the lawyer's pursuit of social justice and presents a global movement of individuals and institutions--all focused on ensuring that young activist lawyers who enter law school are given the mentorship, guidance and tools with which to pursue their dream. This is a collection that will at once talk to the activist lawyer from anywhere in the world and say-- you are not alone; while
at the same time it will point to the brave journey that lies ahead for the global collective."
-- Asha Ramgobin
Executive Director, Human Rights Development Initiative
"This book is an interesting, stimulating and enjoyable read, incorporating a variety of styles that flow together well. The book has an impressive array of authors, all of whom are leaders in clinical legal education. This book would be particularly beneficial to any students at undergraduate or postgraduate stage, who are studying or are about to embark upon a clinical legal education module or extra-curricular pro bono work. It could and should be
recommended as pre-reading to any of these students and would assist them in their understanding of the context, and the importance of the work they are about to participate in."
-- Colleen Smith, The Law Teacher
"This is one of the first books focused exclusively on descriptions of clinical legal practice. It offers an opportunity to think coherently about law school clinics as a subset of public interest law. In addition to the descriptive ambition underlying the book, Bloch and his collaborators make key choices in the construction of the project...The book exhibits a clear understanding of the complexity and variation within clinical practice. I believe that the
book is a significant achievement and one with consequence and meaning throughout legal education and the legal profession."
--Sameer M. Ashar, Journal of Legal Education