chapter  3
Calling, Character and Clinical Legal Education: Inculcating a Love for Justice from Cradle to Grave
ByDonald Nicolson
Pages 23

This chapter states the case for a return to an older ideal of professionalism, in which professionals were regarded as experiencing a calling to exercise their skills and some at least were willing to do so irrespective of whether they were paid. There are obviously other attributes to being a professional autonomy, the maintenance of high ethical standards, knowledge and skill developed through education and training and accredited by some external body and the guarantee of indemnity for any harm caused to clients. Like all forms of active learning, involvement in live-client law clinics has many advantages over traditional forms of learning. The recognition of a possible 'clinic effect' was more explicit in the reflective diaries of Clinical Legal Practice(CLP) students. The Clinical LLB is unique in its cradle-to-grave approach to clinical legal education and in the prominence given to exploring the ethical and altruistic aspects of legal professionalism.