GRM 2010 GRM 2011

Abstract Details

Family Name:
Al Balushi
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Title of Paper:
The Practical Training in the Faculties of Law and its Role in Raising the Level of Legal Skills in Law Students " Legal Clinics as a Model"
Paper Proposal Text :
Legal Clinics became widespread during the 20th century, and have proved to be an excellent tool for practical legal training to law students in most universities worldwide . As well as being a learning aid, Legal Clinics have become a popular voluntary service project to individuals who seek legal advice but who are unable to acquire legal professional help, usually for financial reasons.
A significant body of literature has developed that deals with legal clinics as a tool to enhance the legal skills of law students, especially in developed economies (e.g. the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, Canada, Holland). and to some extent in a number of emerging economies in Latin America and Asia. In contrast, little is known about legal clinics (also known as the Academic Center for Legal Consulting) in the Gulf region. This paper seeks to review the researcher's experience in establishing Legal Clinics in the Gulf region, taking Oman as a case study. By doing so, it will provide a better understanding of a arrange of complex factors which tend to limit the success of such programmers in the Gulf region. The paper will be divided into four sections. The first section will provide an introduction to the law studies environment and aims of Legal Clinics in the region, compared with rest of the world. The second section aims to shed light on how the Legal advice centers (Legal Clinic) and their role in developing the legal skills of law students. The third section provides actionable recommendations to address some of the constraints that inhibit the success of legal clinics. The fourth and final section is the conclusion.

The Academic Center for Legal Consulting, also known as the Legal Clinic in some countries, is considered a unit for educational services as they provide education for law students by giving them access to practical training in all areas of law. The legal clinic also grants free legal services for those with financial difficulties, on condition that the center is not legally responsible for any of these free consultations. The legal consultations are provided by law students who are supervised by the law school's faculty members.
The center's vision is to give more priority to learning the practical side of law rather than just the theoretical aspects, so as to produce graduates who are more rounded.
The Legal Clinic aims to reach the following goals:
1- To provide law students with essential legal skills such as legal writing (contracts, laws, etc.) negotiation, mediation to resolve disputes, managing sessions and interviews with clients and providing legal consultations.
2- Applying theoretical knowledge in practical real/hypothetical situations in order to increase the student's efficiency.
3- Provide the students with the necessary values to practice different legal professions with a sense of ethical responsibility in order to comply with the principles of truth, justice and equality, as well as educating students in the principles of client-attorney privilege and secrecy.
4- Developing the students' ability to rely on his/her self as well as to self-learn.
5- Developing teaching methods by including the practical aspects of theoretical knowledge to support appropriate legal qualification for students
6- Developing the student's ability to perform and role play individually or as a team and the ability to manage time.
7- Provide the student with knowledge regarding the different bodies, departments and agencies relevant to the law and to inform students on the procedures these organizations follow.
8- To encourage scientific research and support the use of various educational resources, as well as to take advantage of new technologies that provide information.
9- To give students applied and practical skills that directly/indirectly relate to legal work, so that they require less development by potential employers so giving them a competitive edge in for the jobs market.