Law Wise Law Clinic Innovation in Learning 2010

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Slides from the presentation given by Dale McFadzean (University of the West of Scotland) at the 2010 conference: Moving forward: Legal education in Scotland.

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Law Wise Law Clinic Innovation in Learning 2010

  1. 1. Law Wise Law ClinicInnovation in Learning 2010<br />Dale McFadzean, Academic Director<br />
  2. 2. Widespread in Universities throughout the Commonwealth<br />Growing movement in Scotland<br />UWS, Strathclyde, Aberdeen, Edinburgh<br />Changes in job market and legal education mean that we cannot afford not to pursue this avenue<br />Clinical Legal Study<br />
  3. 3. Launched 15th October 2010<br />Patron –Lord Kinclaven<br />Unique partnership between UWS and Renfrewshire Law Centre <br />Placement clinic model (born originally out of work based learning)<br />Student Legal Advisors involved in full range of case work<br />Solicitor and academic supervisory structure<br />Law Wise Law Clinic<br />
  4. 4. Credit bearing at SCQF 9-10<br />40 credits/equivalent of 2 modules available during pilot phase<br />‘Law Clinic – Work Based Learning’<br />‘Legal Research Project’<br />Law Wise in the Curriculum<br />
  5. 5. E-portfolios utilised for student logs and demonstration of work based evidence<br />Student Legal Advisor assessment by supervising solictor(s), clinic manager and academic director<br />Project/policy work<br />Assessing Clinical Work<br />
  6. 6. Credit bearing element to be increased through modular integration <br />Outreach – Ayr Campus link with Ayrshire advice agencies<br />Increase in student numbers and responsibilities<br />Development<br />
  7. 7. Community engagement –sharing resources and services and enabling access to its facilities from the communities it serves<br />Working directly with employers to help them to access skills and knowledge - KTP<br />Employability and “sustained employer engagement”<br />Diversifying into real blended learning, work-based and work-place learning (i.e. learning through work and learning in work)<br />Benefits to the University <br />
  8. 8. Employability<br />Developing key legal skills and awareness of ethics<br />Developing ‘real life’ skills<br />Community involvement<br />Benefits to the Students<br />

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