Collaborations to Support Clinical Legal Education Across the Globe
The Clinical Law Program partners with the law school's
Asian Law Center to support clinical legal education across the globe
in two unique programs to support the development of clinical education in Afghanistan and in Indonesia.
The Legal Education Support Program – Afghanistan
(LESPA) aims to strengthen legal institutions in Afghanistan by offering higher education opportunities
to law professors and professionals who will become legal educators in the future.
Since 2007, many professors and recent graduates from Afghanistan have participated in the Law School's
Tribal Court Public Defense Clinic gaining firsthand knowledge of tribal laws and the relationship of tribal courts
to our state and federal court systems. More recently, LESPA participants have begun to work closely with
UW Law clinical faculty to gain an instructor’s perspective and learn how to run law school-based legal clinics
that can be replicated in Afghanistan.
Through a U.S.A.I.D. funded partnership with the Asian Law Center and The Asia Foundation,
the Clinical Law Program welcomes law lecturers from top universities in Indonesia to participate alongside J.D.
students in the clinical law program. After graduating, these lecturers will return to their law faculties law clinics
being established through the E2J program.