A 2020 Vision of Clinical Legal Education in Australia
In 1984, the Journal of Legal Education published an article by Anthony Amsterdam entitled 'Clinical Legal Education - A 21st Century Perspective' which outlined his vision for clinical legal education in the USA from 'the enlightened 21st Century'. This article attempts to provide a similar prediction, this time from an Australian perspective. It considers the significance of a broad range of factors on the sustainability of clinical legal education in Australia. It considers where clinics have come from and where they might go in the 13 years between now and 2020, looking at some developments that might happen, some 'wish-list' items as well as other changes that clinic teachers may fear will come to pass, such as the closure of some law school clinics, the increasing skills focus of some remaining clinics and attempts to export clinic legal education models without understanding the importance of local conditions.
Alternative Law Journal