Clinical Legal Education module : University of Sussex

30 credits, Level 6

Autumn and spring teaching

This module brings together several legal clinics and pro-bono projects within a single module, as well as critically discussing the evolution of such projects on a national and international stage. The aims of the module are therefore two-fold, and clearly focused on the two units of assessment:

  1. The Autumn Term is predominantly focused on the academic understanding and discussion of pro-bono and clinic projects. Mainly through a lecture format, we discuss the history and evolution of such projects nationally as well as internationally. This will prepare you for your individual pro-bono projects, as well as your first assessment in A1.
  2. Beginning in the Autumn Term, and the focus of the Spring Term, the other part of the module involves individual pro-bono projects. Within the various project streams (Clinics), you will actively participate and reflect upon and evaluate your work in (stream specific) seminar groups. Thematic lectures in the Spring Term, as well as formative presentations on your work, will both feed into your final assessed reflective portfolio (to be submitted in A2).


49%: Lecture
51%: Seminar


100%: Practical (Portfolio)

Contact hours and workload

This module is approximately 300 hours of work. This breaks down into about 42 hours of contact time and about 258 hours of independent study. The University may make minor variations to the contact hours for operational reasons, including timetabling requirements.

We regularly review our modules to incorporate student feedback, staff expertise, as well as the latest research and teaching methodology. We’re planning to run these
modules in the academic year 2023/24. However, there may be changes to these modules in response to COVID-19, staff availability, student demand or updates to
our curriculum. We’ll make sure to let our applicants know of material changes

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