University law clinics are a developing tool for both legal skills-based education and academic education. As well as providing students with experience of law in action and a practical base for academic enquiry, law clinics are, and should be supported as, an important means of providing practical legal work experience; especially where they can provide experience of working with clients who face social problems that many students may never face themselves.

The research summarised in this report was conducted between December 2015 and September 2016 with funding from the Legal Education Foundation, which was provided to enable PLP to look at ways in which it might support the work of university law clinics. The research was initially written up as an internal report, for use by PLP and the participating law clinics. At the end of 2017 and start of 2018, PLP went through a process of developing the report to make it more widely available, particularly for anyone with an interest in the work of law clinics or law clinic collaboration with the not-for-profit sector and Non- Governmental Organisations (NGOs). This report is the result of that process.

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