Clinical programs, social justice and transformation through student learning

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Abstract

This article considers whether different types of Clinical Legal Education (CLE) programs have the same potential to provide a transformative learning experience for students. The author uses Mezirow’s theory to postulate that, although addressing a societal need, ‘missing middle’ Clinical Legal Education programs – those that assist middle-income Australians – may not provide the necessary environment, including an environment ripe for ‘disorienting dilemmas’, for transformative learning. After a comparison of missing middle clinics in Australia and poverty law clinics in the United States of America (US), the author suggests that disorienting dilemmas may only be offered by Clinical Legal Education programs aimed at assisting society’s most vulnerable people.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)232-237
Number of pages6
JournalAlternative Law Journal
Volume44
Issue number3
Early online date22 Jan 2019
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2019

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