Legal clinic or law clinic is nonprofit law practice serving the public interest. Legal clinics originated as a method of practical teaching of law school students, but today they encompass also free legal aid with no academic links. In the academic context, this law school clinic proved hands-on experience to law school students and services to various (typically indigent) clients. Academic Clinic is usually directed by clinical professors. Many legal clinics offer pro bono work in one or more particular areas, providing free legal services to clients. The remainder of this article will discuss clinical legal education.
Students typically provide assistance with research, drafting legal arguments, and meeting with clients. In many cases, one of the clinic’s professors will show up for oral arguments before the court. However, many jurisdictions have “students practice” rules that allow law-clinic students to appear and argue in court.
Lewis further distinguishes :
Willen C. V/s pre-moot, a simulation of resolution of international business dispute by arbitration, at the Palack’y law school’s courtroom
Although of exceptional value in teaching law, these simulations can lack the complexity of real client work, and the role play may not create the same demands that exist upon the legal practitioner. Placements – students can be sent out to work with practicing lawyers for short periods to encounter real problems, clients, and courts. They are then expected to bring back their experience to the law school and reflect upon in, using it to inform the remainder of their time spent in academic establishment. They are particularly attractive to some law schools, because that they can be arranged at little cost. On the other hand, the student’s experience can vary greatly, and it is especially difficult for teachers to monitor what has happened in order to make use of it, and provide effective feedback. It is difficult the student’s progress.