A dangerous method? Defending the rise of business law clinics in the UK

Campbell, Elaine (2015) A dangerous method? Defending the rise of business law clinics in the UK. The Law Teacher, 49 (2). pp. 165-175. ISSN 0306-9400

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/03069400.2015.1004254

Abstract

In clinical legal education (CLE) circles there is a deep-seated belief that all law school clinics must pursue a social justice agenda by helping the poor. Consequently, clinics which assist businesses who can afford to pay for legal services are often met with disapproval. This may account for the scarcity of publications, especially in the United Kingdom, which explore and reflect on business law clinics. Yet these clinics do exist, and they are growing in number and scope. Using the Business & Commercial firms at Northumbria University’s Student Law Office as a case study, this paper defends the right of business law clinics to be part of the CLE movement. First, it argues that business law clinics allow law students to pursue a diverse and relevant education. Secondly, it queries why these clinics cannot fulfil a (reconceptualised) social justice mission.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Published online 13th February 2015.
Subjects: M100 Law by area
M200 Law by Topic
M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > School of Law
Depositing User: Elaine Campbell
Date Deposited: 23 Feb 2015 09:44
Last Modified: 20 May 2017 16:56
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/21455

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