“The proficient lawyer”: identifying students’ perspectives on learning gained from working in a virtual law clinic

Thanaraj, Ann (2017) “The proficient lawyer”: identifying students’ perspectives on learning gained from working in a virtual law clinic. US-China Law Review, 14 (3). pp. 137-167.

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Official URL: https://doi.org/10.17265/1548-6605/2017.03.002


This paper seeks to identify the extent to which a Virtual Law Clinic (VLC), used as learning and training tool for undergraduate law students contribute to the development of skills and attributes of “the digitally proficient new lawyer”, looking at this from the lived experience and narration from the students involved in this training. It questions the types of skills and attributes that are perceived by students to be capable of being developed through the VLC and uses the perception of students’ employability skills, personal attributes and values gained from working on the VLC platform to provide useful and significant insight into further improvements and developments to the structure and curriculum of the VLC. The value of students’ perspectives in this regard is significant because the study captures their lived experiences, their thoughts, reflection and awareness of development. The findings show that students have gained benefits to their and have had the opportunity to gain an insight into the changing and emerging trends in legal practice and thereby raising awareness, recognition and experience of the skills needed by a digitally proficient lawyer or professional in the workplace.

Item Type: Article
Journal / Publication Title: US-China Law Review
Publisher: David Publishing Company
ISSN: 1930-2061
Departments: Academic Departments > Business, Law, Policing & Social Sciences (BLPSS)
Additional Information: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.
Depositing User: Ann Thanaraj
Date Deposited: 14 Jun 2017 14:18
Last Modified: 06 Jul 2021 10:17
URI: https://insight.cumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2978


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