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Title: Advancing ‘Learning By Doing’ In Asia: Four-Country Dialogue On Challenges And Sustainability Strategies

Lead Presenter: Jane Ellen Schukoske


  1. Asha Bajpai
  2. Lining Zhang
  3. Panarairat Srichaiyarat

Session Abstract: Objectives of the session are: 1. to share strategies for sustainability of clinical legal education programs in Asia 2. to boost regional co-operation for sharing of best practices, and 3. to highlight existing resources, both in terms of mentoring and written materials. Despite need for greater access to justice and need to orient law students to provide it, clinical legal education (CLE) is difficult to implement in South Asia, as in many countries. Challenges include the theoretical orientation of legal education, lack of connection with grassroots disadvantaged communities, lack of law practice experience by law teachers, lack of CLE standards to ensure quality of learning and service, lack of academic credit for student work in community, and technical barriers such as lack of student practice rules. The interactive format will be: opening remarks (5 min x 3 presenters) to frame the discussion, followed by small group discussions (15 min), presentations by small group reporters (10 min), and discussion of key ideas and action points emerging from the discussion (5 min). Presenters working in India (Asha Bajpai from Tata Institute of Social Sciences School of Law, Constitutional Rights and Governance; Anirban Chakraborty from W.B. National University of Juridical Sciences; and Jane Schukoske from S M Sehgal Foundation, an NGO collaborating with legal services authorities to strengthen access to justice through legal literacy camps and community radio programming) will open with questions to prompt discussion of strategies for addressing challenges in CLE implementation and sustainability. Strategies may include mechanisms for change in law teacher education, development of standards for supervision of student work in live-client clinic programs in India (and elsewhere in Asia), development of law school teaching materials that promote interactive learning, development of paralegal resource materials for justice workers (NGO staff, paralegals, law students, lawyers new to the issues) in communities, and tools for assessment of student performance on a regular basis to engage students more deeply in the learning process. To form small groups, we will elicit topics from the group. A few illustrative topics are “CLE through NGO collaboration”, “strategies for securing academic credit for CLE”, “student-teacher ratio and overall supervision of student work in live client clinics”, and “Developing CLE/access to justice resource tools”.

Session Material:

  1. Advancing Learning by Doing in Asia
  2. Lining Zhang CLE Sustainability a case from China
  3. Lining Zhang Chinese Clinical Education AJLE 2015
  4. Asha Bajpai TISS Legal Services Clinic 25 july 2015
  5. Advancing Learning by Doing in Asia July 25 2015

See full list of abstracts here.