Call for Papers: Special Edition







“POLICY CLINICS ACROSS THE GLOBE: Development, Impact and Collaboration”


Special Issue Information


Policy Clinics have operated for years, and many educators have established and developed this type of work. Whilst there is no set definition of what a Policy Clinic is, it can include any teaching method which contributes to policy and/or law reform (Dunn et al, 2021). The Policy Clinic offers an ideal opportunity for students to develop a wide range of skills, instil in them a social justice ethos and enable them to be at the forefront of impactful research.


This Call for Papers is aimed at curating a Special Edition of the Journal which focuses on this pedagogic method across the Globe and debates the benefits, challenges and opportunities. It is in this regard that we are seeking the submissions of papers which address all aspects of Policy Clinics/work, with the following topics particularly encouraged:


  • The value of Policy Clinics to students, supervisors and/or clients, i.e. skills development, developing a social justice ethos, using Policy Clinic work for publications and REF, impact of projects on the wider community and generating change
  • Teaching practice within Policy Clinics
  • Building an effective collaborative working environment in a Policy Clinic, including cross-jurisdictional and university projects
  • Policy Clinics and the online environment
  • Using case work and policy work together?
  • Assessment in a Policy Clinic


We wish to reiterate the global nature of this call and welcome submissions from all jurisdictions. We welcome submissions on the above topics, broadly defined, presenting practical, simulated, theoretical, conceptual and/or empirical materials.




Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by email to editors Lyndsey Bengtsson (, Siobhan McConnell ( and Rachel Dunn ( by 1st February 2023. Successful applicants will be informed in April 2023 with final drafts to be submitted by 31st August 2023. All submissions should follow the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process.  We invite article submissions which will be double blind reviewed (6,000-8,000 words), Practice Reports (4,000-6,000 words) and From the Field pieces (2,000-4,000).


The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education is an open access journal and does not apply an article processing charge for publication. Submitted papers should be formatted and presented in English. For more information please contact Lyndsey Bengtsson.