Clinical Legal education at MATS Law School
Professor Woodhouse puts it this way: "the disease of disjunction between legal education and the profession is not caused by too much theory or too little doctrine and practice, but by too little attention to their essential interplay in a complex and interconnected world."
According to Professor Barbara Woodhouse, "[p]erhaps one of the most serious failings in contemporary legal education is that all too many students graduate with a vast doctrinal base of knowledge sealed within a context that is not translatable into practice."
Hence, MATS Law School had adopted the "clinical method" for exposing "the student to actual problems confronting him with actual people who are in actual trouble" and for furthering "equality of justice" by helping to set up "an adequate system of legal aid offices.
Through the Clinical courses students of MATS Law School are exposed not only to lawyering skills but also the essential values of the legal profession: provision of competent representation; promotion of justice, fairness, and morality; continuing improvement of the profession; and professional self-development. Clinical programs meld legal theory with lawyering skills, and students learn lawyering values by providing legal assistance to clients who would otherwise lack access to justice.
The students of MATS Law School have the privilege and honour of working very closely with the Judicial Officers associated with the Raipur District Legal Services Authority. The District Legal Services Authority involve the students of MATS Law School in all their Legal Aid programs, by which the students get immense benefit by a close interaction with the clients, legal practitioners and judicial officers.