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Comparing Legal Clinics: Is There a Way to a European Clinical Culture?

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The Luxembourg Experience

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This paper compares the context of clinical legal education in the US and in continental Europe. It aims to understand whether and to which extent the American clinical legal model can be implemented in continental Europe. It argues that because of the different social and legal environments, this model needs to be adapted to the European context with particular regard to the social justice dimension of legal clinics. It also argues that given the importance granted by the civil law tradition to the teaching of legal science, legal clinics should not be disconnected from legal research, but on the contrary, be framed in order to favour it. It ended by presenting an attempt to implement this approach by describing the functioning of the Consumer Law Clinic of the University of Luxembourg, which was specifically designed to achieve this goal.

Affiliations: 1: Professeur en Droit civil; Université du Luxembourg, elise.poillot@uni.lu

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2017-07-12
2018-05-24

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