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27 Int'l J. Clinical Legal Educ. 1 (2020)

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Editorial


REFLECTING ON THE 'POWER' OF CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION


Elaine Hall


elaine.hall@northumbria.ac.uk





In this issue contributors from across the world have been reflecting critically on the

implications of clinic in different academic and geographical settings. In particular,

how  student's experiences of clinic within the university impacts their work outside

the university. The flow of skills, knowledge and values between the university and

the community  invites us to look beyond the classroom and consider the multifaceted

impacts of clinical legal education.


Firstly, Melanie Walker asks us to think about epistemic justice and the role of legal

educators in shaping public good professionals go on to use their skills for the benefit

of others. Using critical theory she draws out the ways in which legal educators and

students must engage with epistemic inequalities in legal knowledge making. These

elements are encapsulated perfectly in the closing quote from Nelson Mandela; to be

free [is] to live in a way that respects and enhances the freedoms of others.


Claudia Man-yiu  Tam's study  of student perceptions of clinical legal education at

Hong   Kong  University indicates a successful integration of experiential legal

education in Hong  Kong.  She finds that students feel that working in the clinic

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