Background

The Chancellor College Legal Clinic (the Clinic) was formally established by the Faculty of Law (the Faculty) in 2012. In establishing it, the Faculty sought to complement the teaching of Clinical Legal Education which had just been introduced as part of the curriculum of its Legal education. The faculty established the Clinic as a means for the fulfilling of its statutory mandate to teach law in the country. The Clinic enables the Faculty to conduct outreach and community engagement activities and to produce, through these activities, lawyers and legal scholars who are ready by the time they leave the law school. The Faculty through the Clinic, aims to achieve three broad aims: Firstly, to provide students an opportunity of learning law by practice. Secondly, to inculcate in the students a spirit of public service. And, thirdly, to provide free legal services to the indigent. The Clinic, therefore, enables the Faculty to have a measurable impact on the delivery of practical legal training and practical social justice in the country.

Specialised Clinics

In its design, the Clinic is established as an umbrella clinic under which there are seven specialised clinics, namely:

In its operations, the Clinic is open to all law students although in some of the specialized clinics  non-law students are also involved. Presently, students who participate in the clinical activities do so on a voluntary basis. Administratively, the Clinic is headed by the Legal Coordinator who reports to the Head, Practical Legal Studies Department. Besides coordinating these clinics, the Legal Coordinator is also its Legal practitioner, occasionally appearing in the Courts on behalf of the Clinic.

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About Chancellor College

Chancellor College is the largest among the constituent colleges of the University of Malawi. Ever since its establishment, the college has produced graduates who have gone on to become leaders in various sectors of Malawian society.

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