Seeking to play a greater role in an evolving world order, China faces pressure
to conform to international legal norms and the rule of law. Strengthening the
legal culture in China includes exploring new ways to train Chinese law students.
Against this background of cultural and pedagogical change, clinical legal
education has begun to take root in Chinese law schools. This Note from the Field
explores the potential for clinical legal education to motivate students and scholars
in China to push the boundaries of law, making it a tool of social justice for the
average Chinese citizen. Drawing on her experiences as a clinical instructor in
Chinese law schools, Pamela Phan argues that the American model of clinical legal
education and its "social justice" tradition can play a significant role in the
development of Chinese legal education, in turn strengthening legal culture and
reform in China.
Phan, Pamela N.
"Clinical Legal Education in China: In Pursuit of a Culture of Law and a Mission of Social Justice,"
Yale Human Rights and Development Journal:
1, Article 3.
Available at: http://digitalcommons.law.yale.edu/yhrdlj/vol8/iss1/3