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Title:Experimentation in clinical legal education in Botswana
Author:Kakuli, G.M.ISNI
Periodical:Lesotho Law Journal: A Journal of Law and Development (ISSN 0255-6472)
Notes:biblio. refs.
Geographic terms:Botswana
Southern Africa
Subjects:legal aid
legal education
Abstract:In response to a motion in parliament requesting the government of Botswana to introduce a legal aid scheme to enable citizens without or with inadequate financial resources to have access to the services of private lawyers, the Department of Law of the University of Botswana created the first free legal clinic in Botswana, which became operational in January 1987. The clinic has a multidimensional educative function, namely, it is intended to produce lawyers who have had some practical experience, and it has a social function, namely to provide a service for the people who are otherwise unable to afford the services of lawyers. It also arranges for representation in court. USAID approved a grant of P32,000 to assist the initial development of the legal aid clinic. Since its inception, the clinic has represented and/or is continuing to represent a total of 300 cases. Means test forms have been designed to test whether a client is without funds. The legal advice is given by students and no charge is made. All clients consulting the clinic are required to sign a form of indemnity, absolving all possible parties from any consequences of the advice given. App., notes, ref.