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4 Asian J. Legal Educ. 1 (2017)

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Pro Bono and Clinical Work in Law                                      AinJunlo ea dcto
                                                                       Asian journal of Legal Education
                                                                                       4(l) 1-16
                                                                     @ 2017 The West Bengal National
                              l    SUniversity of juridical Sciences
                                                                                 SAGE Publications
                                                                     DOI: 10. 1177/2322005816662392
                                                                                    F   aSAGE
Richard Grimes'
Rebecca Parker'

This article describes the results and implications of a survey carried completed in 2014 and looking
at the nature and extent of pro bono and clinical work in UK law schools. The survey is one of an
ongoing series conducted every 2-3 years on behalf of the influential NGO, LawWorks (The Solicitors
Pro Bono  Group). The findings of this, the most recent survey, shows clearly that more law schools
than ever are engaged in pro bono and clinical initiatives - a trend that has been increasingly evident
over the past 15 years. To date over 70% of UK-based law schools have clinics. Not only is it the rule
rather than the exception to do so but the numbers and scope of clinics in law schools that participate
have grown  considerably. These developments were reported to an international conference in 2015
(GAJE, Turkey) and delegates there concluded that such a survey would have global appeal and that
work  should now be carried out with a view to implementing such an initiative. This would have the
potential to encourage the growth of pro bono work and might influence policy beyond law schools
amongst  government  and the legal profession - leading to improved levels of legal education and
increased access to justice.


More  law schools than ever are getting engaged in the provision of legal services to the public.'
The impetus behind this may include the rise in legal needs that remain unfulfilled, the consumerization
of legal education, the employability (or otherwise) of graduates entering a competitive job market and,
possibly, an increasing recognition that effective learning requires an active engagement by students in
the educational process.

Coordinator, Clinical Legal Education, Law School, University of Hull, UK.
2 Independent legal education consultant, UK.
Solicitor Tutor, Northumbria Law School, Northumbria University, Newcastle, UK.
The surveys were carried out by the Solicitors Pro Bono Group (now known as LawWorks) in 2000, 2003, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Corresponding  author:
Richard Grimes, Independent legal education consultant, UK.
E-mail: richard.grimes@hotmail.co.uk

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