Pamela N. Phan


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.