Qualifying Work Experience Guidance for University Law Clinics

Blackburn, Lucy Emma orcid iconORCID: 0000-0001-8045-2872 (2022) Qualifying Work Experience Guidance for University Law Clinics. International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 29 (1). pp. 81-105.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.19164/ijcle.v29i1.1230


In order to help law clinics navigate the new regulations, a small working group from CLEO have put together this draft guide to the QWE. In developing this guide, we recognise that the new routes to qualification are controversial and we are not endorsing or expressing approval for these routes to qualification. As an organisation, CLEO is committed to developing clinical legal education as a rich and innovative method for teaching law. Legal education, in particular for undergraduates, is about much more than qualifying as a solicitor and indeed many law graduates do not go onto qualify as legal professionals. However, we are aware that many of our members will be offering qualifying work experience, or may be asked by senior management to offer qualifying work experience and we therefore want to develop guidance for our members to assist with navigating the new regulations. This guidance is to assist university law clinics only, when encountering a student’s claim for QWE.

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