What Role can Legal Education Play in Meeting Legal Needs?

Florentina Benga

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Abstract

Access to legal representation is important for a fair justice system. Yet, research suggests that inequality of access to legal services is a significant problem. Various agencies such as Legal Aid and Community Legal Services are increasingly addressing this problem by providing free legal advice to disadvantaged people as well as informing the public about the law and the way the legal system works. However, despite the information readily available, it is unclear in what circumstances and to what extent citizens can do their legal work. Legal education is therefore paramount in empowering communities with knowledge and confidence they can achieve their intended outcomes.
This paper aims to foster the understanding of and the means through which legal education can become a strategic tool for building community confidence, fostering self-responsibility and self-representation. It emphasises the role of legal education in taking a proactive rather than reactive approach in addressing legal matters.
Original languageEnglish
Publication statusPublished - Jul 2015
Externally publishedYes
Event2015 Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference - La Trobe Law School, Melbourne, Australia
Duration: 16 Jul 201518 Jul 2015
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Conference2015 Australasian Law Teachers Association Conference
CountryAustralia
CityMelbourne
Period16/07/1518/07/15
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