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We are pleased to announce that registration is now open for the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education/ Canadian Association of Law Teachers annual conference, “The Whole Lawyer 2.0”. The conference will take place at the Faculty of Law, Queen’s University (Kingston, Ontario) from Thursday, May 31 through Saturday June 2, 2018. We are honoured to welcome Renu Mandhane, Chief Commissioner of the Ontario Human Rights Commission as our keynote speaker on Day 1 of the conference.

To register, please visit our EventBrite page. Hotel and other information is also on this site. Please note that ‘early bird’ pricing ends April 15, 2018.


Discover the Advantages of ACCLE Membership

ACCLE is comprised of a group of individuals and clinics interested in supporting clinical legal education in Canada. The organisation shares best practices, pedagogies and other information related to clinical legal education. ACCLE encourages the promotion and improvement of clinical legal education in Canadian Law Schools, promotes clinical pedagogy and research, and facilitates the dissemination of information pertaining to clinical legal education to clinicians in Canada.

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In 2018, the ACCLE Policy Committee conducted a survey of clinicians and clinical legal education programs across Canada to better understand the state of clinical legal education in Canada. The report outlines three primary, overarching themes: the working conditions and status of clinicians, operational concerns, and pedagogical and instructional supports. Based on these results, ACCLE looks forward to further working with our membership in shaping our advocacy over the next several years. Please contact ACCLE President Gemma Smyth ( with any feedback about this report.

Final ACCLE Policy Committee Report (pdf)

Final ACCLE Policy Committee Report (doc)

Canadian Clinical Legal Education:  Celebrating the 10th Anniversary of the Association of Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE)

Guest Editors: Sarah Buhler, Lisa Cirillo, Martha Simmons, and Mirja Trilsch

The Journal of Law and Social Policy in collaboration with the Association of Canadian Clinic Legal Education, will publish a special issue on clinical legal education in Canada to mark the 10th anniversary of the founding of the Association.  The collection will seek to describe, assess, interrogate, and reflect on clinical legal education in Canada and to contextualize clinical legal education within ongoing and critical debates about legal education and access to justice in this country.

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In 2018, the Association for Canadian Clinical Legal Education (ACCLE) Policy Committee surveyed clinicians and academics working in clinical legal education. Please read our Final ACCLE Policy Committee Report which contains the results of this membership survey. Concerns raised by respondents include funding, working conditions, job security, and pedagogical challenges. We look forward to discussing these results and pathways forward at our 2018 conference.