When I first starting teaching in my university’s law clinic, some seven years ago now,  I eagerly searched online for advice on my new role. Journal articles told me how law clinics around the world worked, but I was keen to read more informal, personal stories from my fellow clinicians. I wanted to understand what it was like to supervise real legal work within a university environment.

When I started this blog, my intention was to write about my experiences as a clinician. However, as my posts about doing a PhD became increasingly popular (thank you!), my reflections on clinical teaching began to get lost in the crowd.

Today, I’m formally announcing the launch of THE CLINIC DIARIES, a new monthly feature dedicated to the topic of being a law clinician.  There is so much to share. Each month, I’ll be talking about teaching ideas, the logistics of clinic work, problems encountered and suggested solutions, and much much more!  I hope THE CLINIC DIARIES will be a source of support for law clinicians, especially if experiential education is a recent discovery for you. The first THE CLINIC DIARIES post will arrive next week…

It’s really important for me to say out the outset that THE CLINIC DIARIES will not be a ‘they said… I said… they did… I did’ affair. I take my duty of care towards my students  and my clinic clients very seriously.  So if you’re looking for a blow by blow account of my working day, then I’m afraid you’re going to be a little disappointed (it’s really not *that* exciting anyway….)!

Finally, THE CLINIC DIARIES is open to everyone.  I’d love to feature guest posts from fellow clinicians and clinic enthusiasts.  If you’re interested in writing a guest post, please do get in touch.

Happy New Year!


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