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 a unique programs to support the development of clinical education in Afghanistan.
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.