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Role of University Law Clinics in Delivery of Legal Aid
Lex Witness (2011)
  • Maurya Vijay Chandra
University Law Clinics as a tool for sensitising the young students towards the needs of the poor and as an engine of meeting the legal services' needs of the under-privileged has been vigorously canvassed at least since the 1960s. It has been assumed that the law students would be ever so willing to gather some practical training before she/he jumps into the profession that the availability of student time will not be difficult. Yet, after two commissions on legal aid. Centre for Implementation of Legal Aid Schemes (better known as CILAS); the National Legal Services Authorities Act and an elaborate organisational infrastructure in various Legal Services Authorities, the suggestion for making legal aid work compulsory for fresh law graduates keeps circulating in professional and policy circles. Such suggestions are being made in many developing countries, including South Africa and Philippines. Similar sounds in India raises the question, whether the time is now ripe for this sort of an emergency action in India. Have the so called market forces been able to spring up a model where the deserving get the legal services, the young professionals get the desired capability/confidence to plunge into an independent professional life, and the government gets to redeem its pledge of securing justice to all (at the minimum possible cost to the exchequer) as well as potentially prepare an army of professionals who will eventually take up free legal aid work in course of their profession?
  • Law Clinics,
  • Legal aid
Publication Date
Summer June 15, 2011
Citation Information
Maurya Vijay Chandra. "Role of University Law Clinics in Delivery of Legal Aid" Lex Witness Vol. 2 Iss. 11 (2011)
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