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The Global Clinical MovementEducating Lawyers for Social Justice$
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Frank S. Bloch

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381146.001.0001

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Legal Literacy Projectsc: Linical Experience of Empowering the Poor in India

Legal Literacy Projectsc: Linical Experience of Empowering the Poor in India

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The Global Clinical Movement



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This chapter explores the use of legal literacy projects and their role in the clinical legal education movement in India. It explains how legal literacy is particularly important in India because the effective implementation of laws and regulations aimed at securing a just and fair society remain incomplete as long as the common population does not have adequate information about them, and that good governance is linked to legal literacy because the state's mandate to ensure justice and equity means little in practice due to a lack of effective implementation. The chapter includes a description of law school-based legal literacy clinics as they have existed in India for many years, as well as a description of a novel legal literacy project aimed at empowering villagers in rural areas to work toward good governance. It argues that law schools have a great potential to steer legal literacy projects, and that clinical programs can play a critical role in shaping legal literacy projects to achieve their desired goals.

Keywords:   legal literacy, India, law school, clinics, just society, empowerment, good governance, implementation

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