The benefits of involving law students in practical learning exercises and clinical experience have been well documented. Undeniably the implementation of law clinics in university law schools has significant advantages for students, including practice-based learning, general skills improvement and preparation for the workplace. It has become more important than ever to prepare law students for practice, and employability initiatives have become the focus of many law schools. This paper focuses on the benefits of experiential learning in a pro bono teaching clinic and how such a clinic operates in practice. It considers the advantages of this type of service learning for students, and how it can advance their employability skills. It also draws a distinction between pro bono teaching clinics and formal Clinical Legal Education, and discusses the merits of both approaches. Finally, it examines the challenges and considerations inherent in establishing a pro bono teaching clinic within a law school, and suggests solutions for implementing an effective model, thereby enhancing student employability.
|Publication status||Published - 2018|
|Event||20th International Conference on Theory of Education and Learning - Montparnasse, Paris, France|
Duration: 25 Jun 2018 → 26 Jun 2018
Conference number: 20th
|Conference||20th International Conference on Theory of Education and Learning|
|Abbreviated title||ICTEL 2018|
|Period||25/06/18 → 26/06/18|
|Other||The International Research Conference is a federated organization dedicated to bringing together a significant number of diverse scholarly events for presentation within the conference program. Events will run over a span of time during the conference depending on the number and length of the presentations.|
The ICTEL 2018 event aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers and research scholars to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of Theory of Education and Learning. It also provides a premier interdisciplinary platform for researchers, practitioners and educators to present and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, and concerns as well as practical challenges encountered and solutions adopted in the fields of Theory of Education and Learning.
Cantatore, F. (2018). A Practice-Based Approach: Improving Law Student Employability Skills in the Context of a Pro Bono Teaching Clinic. 20th International Conference on Theory of Education and Learning, Paris, France.