Title of Presentation : Clinical Legal Education in Jordan: Overcoming the Unique and Common Challenges

Names of all Presenters : Nisreen Mahasneh, Kimberly Thomas

Short Abstract : Clinical legal education is essential in Jordan, given the weaknesses of the current legal education system, and law schools are beginning to explore experiential education programs. However, many challenges remain, including Bar Association restrictions on student practice, lack of expertise, training, and resources, and community acceptance and trust. This panel discusses these challenges, and ways to overcome them generally and in the specific context of Jordanian legal education. First steps include developing a public education clinic that responds to the real-life challenges with the Bar Association, the law faculties experience and structure, and the communities to be served.

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