The Law Clinic and Street Law project is organized by the Centre for Human Rights, University of Lagos under the Leadership of the dean Professor Akin Ibidapo-Obe. The Law Clinic and street Law Project is a program providing hands-on legal experience to students and an approach to teaching the practical law to students using interactive teaching methodologies and giving the students a form of experiential learning. The law clinic and street law project is a partnership between students, academics and solicitors and barristers in practice. The object of the project is to provide a public service for local people who need legal advice and representation but cannot afford to pay for it and to enhance the education of students in the Faculty of Law through direct experience of the legal service and experiential learning.
The mission is to prepare students for the challenges, responsibilities and rewards of a career as a legal professional. Providing individualised, hands on learning opportunities, this intensive training ground shapes future lawyers of every career aspiration, whether they choose to work in a large firm, become entrepreneurs, make policies or engage in full time public service.
The clinicians will have the full conduct of the cases on behalf of clients- under the close supervision of qualified lawyers, within and outside the faculty. They can deepen and broaden their knowledge of the law through the experience of working on live cases and through a structured reflection on that legal practice.
Elements of the Practical Law taught will be the awareness of human and civil rights, conflict resolution, criminal law, civil law, family law, labour law, Jail delivery and the most importantly the advocacy process. Students will be involved in doing pro-bono work in particular areas, providing free legal services to people.
OBJECTIVE OF THE PROJECT
The Law Clinic and Street Law project seeks to provide high-impact litigation to, direct services representation to indigent families. We hope to expose the clinicians to the different services lawyers provide and a whole range of work which they would encounter in the future. Counselling skills, the technicalities of actual practice, witness preparation, researching and writing legal briefs, delivering oral arguments and planning case strategy, these and many more skills will be developed by the students in the course of the programmes
Furthermore, the Law Clinic and Street Law project is an important part of the Faculty of Law, University of Lagos’ commitment to social responsibility and community development. Through the clinic people who would ordinarily not have legal representation will be offered free legal services from the Faculty and the students.
Working with real clients with real problems allows law students to begin the lifelong process of becoming thoughtful, responsible, and reflective lawyers. Students working under the close supervision of their clinical professors are encouraged to identify and pursue their own learning goals while providing essential representation to a wide range of clients
BENEFITS OF THE LAW CLINIC AND STREET LAW PROJECT
The clinic focuses on educating students through experiential learning of practical law affecting the participants’ daily lives, including small claims court, landlord-tenant law, public benefits, domestic violence, dispute resolution, consumer protections, education, and other topics. The course utilizes interactive methods, which promote discourse and provide authentic, meaningful reading and writing opportunities. Through these methodologies, the participants develop critical thinking and communications skills as well as experiencing the everyday implications of law in their lives, an understanding the values and forces that shape the law, discovering mechanisms through which to shape a more just society, developing academic, critical thinking, civic and communication skills, exposure to complex legal concepts, Involvement in role-plays, mock trials, and small group discussions and very importantly a reflection on the application of legal principles to their lives.
The Law Clinic and Street Law Project affords the students the opportunity to develop specific legal services. A casework will usually require students to undertake such tasks as interviewing, legal research, corresponding and drafting statements of the case. This project provides an atmosphere of enthusiastically engaged involvement with the practice of law and with the legal issues that arise in the world beyond the university
This project will provide a well-rounded legal education to students, as it gives the foundational experiences necessary to engage the profession, Critical legal needs that would otherwise go unmet will be addressed through this project. Students will learn to be incredibly innovative as practitioners, find ways to push the law and the practice of law in ways that create meaningful change.
MODE OF EXECUTION
Clinicians will be under the direct supervision of the Executives of the Mooting Society. The Modus Operandi is that batches of Student Clinicians will be attached to Volunteer Counsels comprising of lecturers of the Faculty of law under the rubric of the Unilag Pro Bono Legal Services Project. The Volunteer Counsel will oversee the execution of the assignments of the Law Clinic and Street Law Project.
INTERESTED STUDENTS SHOULD SEND AN ESSAY ON THE TOPIC “THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDENT PARTICIPATION IN LAW CLINICS” TO UNILAGLAWCLINIC@YAHOO.COM . YOUR SUBMISSION SHOULD BE NO MORE THAN 650 WORDS. A REGISTRATION FEE OF N2000 APPLIES.