The Policy Clinic at Northumbria University: influencing policy/law reform as an effective educational tool for students

Bengtsson, Lyndsey, Dunn, Rachel and Mcconnell, Siobhan (2020) The Policy Clinic at Northumbria University: influencing policy/law reform as an effective educational tool for students. International Journal of Clinical Legal Education. ISSN 1467-1069 (In Press)

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Abstract

The Student Law Office (SLO) at Northumbria University has recently incorporated a Policy Clinic (PC) into its existing, and well established, clinical legal education (CLE) programme. In the PC the students conduct empirical legal research for external organisations and other members of staff, with the ultimate aim of influencing policy and/or law reform. This teaching method aims to deepen a student’s understanding of the law as they learn not just about the legal framework but also how laws are made and influenced. There are two models of PC within the SLO; the first is a hybrid model whereby the students carry out PC work alongside live client work and the second is a stand-alone model whereby the students solely undertake PC work. This article focuses upon the hybrid model and through a pilot focus group study, the authors explore the student learning experience.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
X900 Others in Education
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Elena Carlaw
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2020 16:03
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2020 16:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/42589

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