Educating Our Students By Serving The Community

International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE) Conference 2017: Reflection Part 1


2 August 2017 | King’s Legal Clinic

The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE) Conference 2017 took place in Newcastle, Monday 3 July to Wednesday 5 July. The conference was a chance for clinicians, from the UK and overseas, to come together and explore the multifaceted role clinicians undertake and how they overcome competing priorities. Much like the role of a clinician, the conference allowed discussion to take place in many forms; from presentations of soon-to-be-published papers to sessions with more interactive elements.

One of the standout sessions for me was delivered by Donald Nicholson, Fergus Lawrie (University of Strathclyde), JoNel Newman and Melissa Swain (University of Miami). A clinical exchange program between the two universities developed the use of forum theatre to teach skills, values and ethics to law students.

The idea involves illustrating a mocked-up version of a client interview showing a poorly conducted interview. The mocked-up interview is then repeated but this time, the students can interject when they think bad practice is exhibited by the lawyer and literally step into the lawyer’s shoes to show how they would deal with the situation better. Even the student who steps in for the lawyer can be stopped and replaced by another student if they believe that there is still bad practice taking place. Those playing the client and the lawyer are surrounded by the students and another participant, known as the joker, helps to facilitate discussion about what constitutes bad or good practice.

I really thought this was a great way of engaging students about the ethical issues that can arise when interviewing clients, whether in a legal clinic or once you begin practising as a lawyer.

A key purpose of clinical education is to provide students with hands-on experience of how law operates in practice. There were two other great initiatives presented at the conference that typified this aim. Anne Kotonya from Strathmore Law School in Nairobi, Kenya gave a talk about a compulsory module undertaken by all law students in Kenya called the ‘Judicial Attachment Programme’ where students are paired up with a magistrate over a period of six weeks. Students get the opportunity to see cases operating from the claim being initially received to the final judgment being delivered.

The IJCLE conference 2017 gave me a great insight into the work and impact of clinical education in the UK and abroad.

By Deborah Acquaah | Legal Clinic Coordinator


  1. I think i need some h

    “This is one awesome post.Really looking forward to read more. Cool.”

  2. Kasie Taylan

    A formidable share, I simply given this onto a colleague who was doing somewhat analysis on this. And he in reality bought me breakfast as a result of I found it for him.. smile. So let me reword that: Thnx for the treat! But yeah Thnkx for spending the time to discuss this, I really feel strongly about it and love reading more on this topic. If potential, as you grow to be expertise, would you thoughts updating your blog with more details? It’s highly helpful for me. Large thumb up for this weblog put up!

  3. mama bear football tee

    Hello there, I adore your blog. Is there some thing I can do to obtain updates like a subscription or some thing? I am sorry I am not acquainted with RSS?

  4. dragon ball z ugly christmas sweater

    Heya i am for the first time here. I came across this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot.
    I hope to give something back and aid others like you aided me.

  5. ugly christmas sweater 1 day shipping

    Hello to all, how is all, I think every one is getting more from this site, and your views are pleasant in support of new viewers.

  6. t shirt 0 size

    Hi there, just became aware of your blog through Google,
    and found that it’s really informative. I’m gonna watch
    out for brussels. I will be grateful if you continue this in future.
    A lot of people will be benefited from your writing.


  7. ugly christmas sweater 1 hour

    This is really interesting, You’re a very professional blogger.
    I have joined your rss feed and look ahead to in quest of extra of
    your wonderful post. Additionally, I’ve shared your website in my social networks

  8. Avant Mortgage Loan

    Im thankful for the blog article.Much thanks again. Keep writing.

  9. Merna Sirosky

    I just want to say I am just newbie to blogging and site-building and seriously enjoyed your blog site. Almost certainly I’m want to bookmark your website . You amazingly come with terrific articles and reviews. With thanks for sharing with us your website.

  10. Ferdinand

    Everyone loves it when people get together and share opinions.
    Great site, keep it up!

  11. g

    It’s difficult to find educated people in this particular subject, however, you seem like you know
    what you’re talking about! Thanks

  12. g

    Just desire to say your article is as surprising.

    The clarity to your submit is simply spectacular and i can think you’re a professional on this
    subject. Well along with your permission allow me to take hold of your RSS feed to stay updated with drawing close post.
    Thanks a million and please keep up the enjoyable work.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

© 2021 King's Legal Clinic

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑