CLINICAL LEGAL EDUCATION CENTER HUJI Faculty of Law HUJI Faculty of Law - Clinical Legal Education Center

 

Clinical Legal Education Center in the Faculty of Law

The Clinical Legal Education Center is guided by its philosophy to apply the law as a vehicle for social change and promote justice for society’s most vulnerable groups and individuals.

The Clinical Legal Education Center (CLEC) at the Hebrew University is an integral part of Israel’s flagship Faculty of Law and one of the country’s leading clinical centers. Its activities are based on a two-fold approach: it offers the highest quality legal aid to a wide range of disadvantaged individuals and groups; and it actively engages law students in top-notch applied clinical and practical experience under the close guidance of Clinical Attorneys who are experts in specific fields. This substantial investment in the Faculty’s students has been proven worthwhile — following graduation, a majority remain committed to, and aware of, social responsibility as an integral part of the legal profession. The activities of the CLEC’s 10 clinics comprise three mains fields of activity: individual representation of clients in legal and other cases; initiating and advancing policy change and legal reform through roundtable discussions, participation in Knesset and other public committees, and draft position papers and shadow reports for government or international agencies; and education, awareness and empowerment on subjects arising from the Center’s cases and other activities by means of public outreach and educational activities.

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BETTER WORLD

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Programs, Clinics, Outreach

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Every year some 150 students join forces with 10 Clinical Lawyers and 9 faculty who are members of the Clinical Legal Education Center (CLEC)intheFacultyofLawtopro- mote the Center’s goals within 10 Clinics. Each Clinic is led by 1-2 law- yers who are prominent in their par- ticular field and take professional responsibility for each case or project of their Clinic, which is also accom- panied by an academic advisor.

10-20 second- or third-year LL.B. students participate in each Clinic for a full year (as opposed to the shorter academic year), spending 4-6 hours per week doing practical work at the Clinic, including a weekly supervi- sion with the Clinical Lawyer. Most students work in pairs and supervi- sion is usually a joint session for both students where they receive guidance on their ongoing legal work and are able to brainstorm around theoreti- cal, ethical and practical aspects of their work and also discuss their emotional responses to working with diverse, often-weak populations. All students participate in a 90-minute

weekly theoretical class for their par- ticular Clinic, which is taught by that Clinic’s academic supervisor, Clinical Attorney or a guest lecturer. Stu- dentsalsolearnfromprofessionalsin other disciplines, including social

cases; initiating roundtable discus-

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sions and conferences that are often

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the first step in position papers on

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legal or policy change; preparation of

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shadow reports for government or

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international agencies; and public

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outreach and educational activities.

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10 Clinics

  •   Representation of Marginalized Populations

  •   Children & Youth Rights

  •   International Human Rights

  •   Innocence Project

  •   Criminal Justice

  •   Economic Development of

    W omen

  •   Rights of People with

    Disabilities

  •   Digital Rights

  •   Multiculturalism & Diversity

  •   International Trade Conflict

    Resolution (mini clinic)

Every year, the CLEC handles an av-

erage 650 individual cases; advances

policy change and law reform on 35-

40 subjects through position papers,

shadow reports, draft amendments,

and alternative models; conducts 90+

lectures and workshops for diverse

populations; participates in some 18

roundtables and conferences; has an

active presence in in some 15 offices,

agencies and centers that serve and

assist underprivileged populations;

works with no less than 60 social

welfare government bodies and so-

cial rights organizations; submits al-

ternative reports to international

bodies such as UN Convention com-

mittees; and recovers or saves signif-

icant amounts of money ($330,000 in

2018/19) on behalf of clients.

work, business, and disability studies.

The CLEC’s engagement with Israeli

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society’s less privileged communities

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covers a wide range: pro bono repre-

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sentation of clients in legal or other

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Philanthropic Opportunities

Endowing a Clinic in perpetuity Naming a Clinic for 3+ years Funding a Clinic for one year

$2.5 million $390,000 + $130,00 per year for each consecutive year $130,000

Donor Recognition

For an endowment of $2.5 million, the Clinic will forever be named in honor of the donor or for a name of their choice. In addition, the name of the donor will be engraved on the Hebrew University’s most prestigious donor recognition site, the Wall of Benefactors, overlooking the entire city of Jerusalem.

For a donation that covers the costs of one Clinic for three or more years, the chosen Clinic may be named for that time period in accordance with the donor’s wishes, with each consecutive year of funding enabling an additional year of naming.

All donors funding a Clinic for one year or more will receive a report on that Clinic’s activities.