Clinical Legal Education in Palestine: A Clinical Case under Military Occupation

  • Mutaz M. Qafisheh


The legal clinic (hereafter “clinic”) has expanded nationally, regionally, and internationally. This clinic may offer yet a further demonstration that, in the words of Frank Bloch, “clinical legal education has gone global.”1 The legal clinic of Hebron University represents an example of the ability of such clinics to start from scratch and gradually develop a system that suits a particular context. The clinic has played the key role in establishing the law school within two years. It has not only led the overall legal education process in campus but it also became a model for legal clinics in Palestine and the Middle East region.2 The clinic, which was originally set up to provide pro bono services to marginalized groups and for students to practice law before graduation, now constitutes a hub of rights activism, policymaking, curricular development, practical training, conferencing, and networking with governmental bodies and civil society, as well as with international organizations well beyond the campus. This model proves that the capacity for law clinics to advance legal education is unbounded. Educators are still moving toward discovering the range of actions that young lawyers may afford to their local communities and to the world. However, the institutionalization of this clinic, as is the case with other legal clinics in Palestine and many Middle Eastern universities, is an issue that only the future can tell.


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