On 1 June 2016 over 30 delegates from universities all over England and Wales, attended a conference hosted by Lancashire Law School in participation with the Clinical Legal Education Organisation (CLEO). CLEO is a collective of lecturers who run and participate in university law clinics; both as social justice projects and also as a teaching tools. The basis of Clinical Legal Education, is to allow law students to participate in law clinics as a method of teaching them how to be lawyers.
The conference discussed many of the topics at the fore of Clinical Legal Education in Higher Education today. Themes that were discussed on the day were entrepreneurial law clinics, the regulation of law clinics and the assistance available to law clinics.
The conference was organised by Lancashire Law School Lecturer, Lucy Blackburn; who is also the Module Leader for the Law Clinic. ‘It was fantastic to have so many individuals discussing the advantages to students, universities, communities and employers that involvement in pro bono law clinics and modules can have.’