Exploring the role of emotions in clinical legal education: inquiry and results from an international workshop for legal educators

Kate Seear, Lisa Bliss, Paula Galowitz, Catherine F. Klein

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Clinical legal education provides a unique opportunity to engage with emotions. This article describes and reflects on an interactive workshop that examined the nature, meaning and significance of emotions in clinical legal education. Through a variety of incorporated staged activities, employing the teaching methods of scaffolding as well as backward design, participants explored aspects of the emotional dimensions of the relationships between clinical teachers/supervisors and their students, along with the relationship between students and their clients. Participants extracted ideas for how educators should approach emotions when they surface in legal clinics. This article provides a detailed overview regarding the rationale for the workshop, followed by a summary of the workshop plans and steps, before detailing key observations and lessons from the workshop.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)487-499
Number of pages13
JournalThe Law Teacher
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2019


  • Clinical legal education
  • emotions
  • pedagogy
  • reflection

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