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3 Asian J. Legal Educ. 1 (2016)

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                                                                           Asian journal of Legal Education
                                                                                            3(l) 1-21
                                                                         @ 2016 The West Bengal National
                                                                            University of juridical Sciences
                                                                                      SAGE Publications
                                                                          DOI: 10. 1177/2322005815607131
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Stephen A. Rosenbaum',                                                             h       sage

In a previous  issue of the journal, Richard Grimes  discussed the role that legal clinics can play in
facilitating access to justice in a post-conflict society, such as Afghanistan's, wracked by decades of
civil war, external military intervention and consequential regime changes.' As foreign military forces
withdraw, this Central Asian nation faces renewed security concerns and uncertainty about its politico-
economic  future. Yet, there is now a critical mass of law and Shari'a professors trained in the principles
of experiential education, a few legal clinics are in place and many deans are keen on hosting a clinic,
with a vigorous  nod  of approval from  the higher education  ministry. Piloting a clinical programme
requires a team  of faculty members  who  remain  in continuous contact  with their peers across the
nation and  across the globe. This should include a partnership with a reputable law  school abroad;
support from  in-country administrative staff; and periodic visits by consultants.
   In addition, legal faculties and university administrators need to  nurture clinical education by
facilitating the development of new curricula, service learning and interdisciplinary and inter-university
collaboration and exchange. While  they needn't reinvent policies, protocols or perhaps even priority
assessments, they  must remain  vigilant that clinical legal education not be divorced from the rest of
the curriculum. The  temptation  to purchase  durable goods will be great, but the clinic staff should
be much   more  strategic and frugal about ways for students, staff and clients to access information
and a space for consultation, training and work. Finally, an essential but elusive goal is to maintain a
relationship with donors that is marked by candour and coordination  of activities with other funders.

Acknowledgements:  From  2012 to 2014, the author was Visiting Senior Lecturer, University of Washington (UW)
School of Law. Under the auspices of the UW Legal Education Support Program-Afghanistan (LESPA), Professor
Rosenbaum  co-taught a tutorial in comparative clinical education for Afghan LLM candidates and conducted
workshops in Afghanistan for law and Shari'a faculty members and students from across the country. This article
is dedicated to all the Afghan LLM graduates from UW The views expressed here are solely those of the author
and do not necessarily reflect those of UW or LESPA.

Associate Professor, Golden Gate University School of Law, California, USA.
2 John and Elizabeth Boalt Lecturer, University of California, Berkeley School of Law, USA.
R.  Grimes, Accessing Justice: The Role of Law School Legal Clinics in Conflict-affected Societies, 1(2) AsiAN J. LEGAL EDUC.

Corresponding   author:
Stephen A. Rosenbaum, 1716 Milvia St., Berkeley, CA 94709 USA.
E-mails: srosenbaum@ggu.edu; srosenbaum@law.berkeley.edu

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