US-Sponsored Legal Training Helps the Vulnerable

The U.S. Embassy, through the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), hosted the Law School Legal Clinic Best Practices Training for six Iraqi law schools in Baghdad from February 5 - 7, 2013.

USAID assists Iraqi law schools to integrate clinical legal education into their curricula and to establish legal aid clinics. These law school clinics enable students, under the direction of senior professors, to gain practical skills while assisting Iraq’s vulnerable populations.

Addressing the students on February 6, USAID Deputy Mission Director David Harden said:

"The law school deans reiterated the value of clinical legal education as an experiential learning tool and a dynamic way to fight for justice for some of Iraq’s most marginalized citizens."

After establishing the first legal clinic at the Baghdad Law School, the USAID project is supporting six additional law schools’ efforts to develop clinical legal education. USAID’s Access to Justice Project is an important element of the U.S.-Iraq engagement under the Strategic Framework Agreement. The project supports the Iraqi judicial system through bilateral professional development programs.

(Source: US Embassy)

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