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Clinical legal education is a training model in Law based on the connection between legal and social reality. Its authorship is attributed to Jerome Frank, who in 1933 proposed the need to copy from Schools of Medicine to create a practical and realistic way of teaching Law, which would also have a positive repercussion on society, as was the case with the University medical dispensaries.

The theoretical formulation, in all aspects, was strengthened in the early eighties in the United States also, when the Law Clinics were thoroughly developed. It was at this time that the concept of Legal Clinic was slightly altered, linking the lawyer’s training to a commitment to social or public interest issues, with the intention of boosting the conformation of social awareness for the lawyer-in-training, while at the same time strengthening his or her adhesion to the professional values of deontology.


  • Access for Law Students to the practice in the sphere of Human Rights, for, on the one hand, strengthening the theoretical teachings, and, on the other, gaining the necessary professional abilities for legal practice, negotiation or legislative techniques.
  • Create awareness in students of subjects of public relevance, and of the defense of groups that are vulnerable or have been discriminated against.
  • To exert the “social conscience” that Public Universities should carry out, unveiling our society’s basic problems and giving solutions to them.
  • Collaborate with civil society through NGO’s, associations, political parties, unions.