UCC will host the 6th International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference on 14th and 15th July, 2008. The Conference, Lighting the fire: the many roles of clinical legal education, is being generously sponsored by Matheson Ormsby Prentice, solicitors.
The conference programme comprises International and Irish speakers. Academics from Universities all over the world (including the US, South Africa, Canada, Australia, India, Puerto Rico and Europe) as well as from Ireland will present and discuss on the following themes:
- clinic and education for justice
- integration of clinical learning in the curriculum
- student responses to clinical initiatives
- clinic and life long learning
The Conference is being held in association with the University of Northumbria. Since its inception, the International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference has provided an opportunity for legal educators from diverse jurisdictions to meet, to exchange ideas and experiences and to learn together. Previous conferences in London, Melbourne, Johannesburg and Edinburgh have been truly international gatherings, and an opportunity for legal educators working in very different social and legal contexts to share visions of practice, and to learn from one another.
The Law Faculty UCC has been to the fore in the development of Clinical Legal Education in Ireland. In 2004 Mr Gerard Murphy was appointed as the first full-time Clinical Education Coordinator in the Law Faculty with responsibility for the development of clinical legal education including the Faculty’s two highly successful clinical programmes: the LLM (Criminal Justice) (Clinical) and the BCL (Clinical). The BCL (Clinical) programme will be offered to students on the CAO from 2009.