Short abstracts of the presentations were submitted by many of the speakers in advance of the conference. The titles of those that were submitted are underlined; to view those abstracts, click on the title.

Title: What Kind(S) Of Evidence Do We Have About The Impact(S) Of Clinics?

Lead Presenter: Elaine Hall



Session Abstract: This paper uses a theoretical model of how research and evidence develop within a domain (Hall and Baumfield 2014) to map the current terrain of clinical legal education research. Using the key concepts of inquiry, evidence and warrant within a developmental framework the paper explores the application of this model to the empirical literature on the impacts of clinic. Papers from a systematic review of the clinical literature (Mkwebu, under review) will be selected using a stratified sampling method intended, at the first level, to represent historical, geographical and jurisdictional variety in clinical education research and at the second level, to ensure representation of methodological variation in empirical projects. The analysis of the papers selected from the systematic review describes and problematises the range of impacts claimed for clinical work and the nature of the evidence called upon to support these claims. Based on this analysis, the paper offers preliminary assessments of the nature and quality of the evidence in the field and in the discussion, maps out some of the kinds of inquiry that could be fruitfully pursued to enhance the evidence base for the various impacts of clinic. The session will offer participants an opportunity to locate their past, present and future work within the framework and to engage in debate about the knowledge claims that we can make for clinical legal education.

Session Material:

  1. what kinds of evidence

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