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The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Conference 2017


Northumbria University


The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education

in association with the

European Network for Clinical Legal Education

and the

United Kingdom Clinical Legal Education Organisation


at Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne, UK

“Bringing It All Together: Clinical Legal Educators in the 21st Century University”  

 The Clinician Diagram


Clinicians wear many hats: teacher, group facilitator, project manager, lawyer, researcher, mentor, activist, administrator, supervisor, academic, fund raiser, practice manager, collaborator, role model, counsellor…

This year’s conference continues our exploration of the key, often overlapping, issues arising for clinical legal education in the 21st century from the clinician’s perspective; juggling sometimes competing priorities and often making difficult choices.  Papers are invited which consider one or more of these themes  below  while still encouraging participants to locate their papers either mainly in one of those areas or by exploring the overlaps. 


  • The clinician and community needs
  • The clinician and research into the impact of clinic
  • The clinician and academic identity
  • The clinician and curriculum and student learning

In particular, we would like to encourage participants to include student and other partners’ voices in their presentations, ideally through collaborative writing and presentation in person or through video calling or recordings.

Taking part

Presentations at IJCLE/ENCLE/CLEO can take one of three formats, each with its own structured proposal application form: 

  • Paper Presentation
    These will be in traditional conference paper format, with a twenty minute presentation followed by questions.  Participants will be invited to indicate if their paper falls into one or more of the four areas: Community Need; Curriculum and Students; Academic Identity; Research and Impact.
  • Interactive Seminar
    These sessions will be 90 minutes long, will involve active participation from the audience as well as input from the presenters and will be designed to generate discussion and new learning for the participants and the convenors. Participants will be invited to indicate if their seminar falls into one or more of the four areas: Community Need; Curriculum and Students; Academic Identity; Research and Impact. 
  • PechaKucha
    A PechaKucha consists of 20 slides timed to change every 20 seconds, so each presentation lasts 6 minutes and 40 seconds.  Each presenter in PechaKucha session will be assigned a 10 minute slot to allow for a question to be posed.  We anticipate that PechaKuchas will consist of short introductions to new work, methodological innovations or insights from the field.  Please follow this link to learn more.  Participants are encouraged to offer PechaKuchas in addition to traditional papers

Key Dates

  • Call for papers, seminars and symposia opens - November 21, 2016
  • Call for papers, seminars and symposia closes – February 14, 2017
  • Confirmation of papers, seminars and PechaKucha accepted for the conference – rolling through December and no later than February 28, 2017
  • Registration opens – January 2017
  • Early-bird registration closes – March 10, 2017
  • Registration closes – June 2, 2017
  • Deadline for submission of papers and outlines to website. – June 9, 2017

View the conference brochure with further information here and a list of all accepted sessions, including presenters and titles here.

Click here to view the conference schedule and abstracts. 

Registration is now closed.

Optional Activities

The following optional activities are not included in this fee. Bookings for these activities are now closed.
  • Conference Dinner, Tuesday, 4 July 2017: Formal 3-course dinner at the Great Hall, Sutherland Building with a pre-drinks reception. Please make your dinner choices when booking, you can find the menu here.
  • Full day excursion to Alnwick and Alnmouth coast, Thursday, 6 July 2017: For attendees who are able to stay in the region after the conference, a full-day outing to the historic town of Alnwick and Alnmouth coast in Northumberland has been arranged. This will include a trip to Alnwick Castle and The Alnwick Garden.


Hotel accommodation options:

There is a good selection of hotels in Newcastle to suit most budgets. Options and availability can be viewed via the online conference booking page here.

University Accommodation:

A limited number of rooms within university accommodation have been secured for the duration of the event. These are available on a first come first serve basis here.

Accommodation comprises self-catered en-suite rooms with double beds, located in self-contained flats of three to five bedrooms. All flats share a communal kitchen and living space.

Accommodation is located on the south side of the Tyne overlooking the Newcastle / Gateshead quayside. Trinity Square is approximately a 25-minute walk from university campus. Alternatively, Gateshead Metro station is only a short walk away. A 5-minute train ride takes you to Haymarket Metro station, which is just to north west of campus.

The accommodation is comfortable yet affordable at a rate of £42pp per night.


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Business and Law Building
City Campus East 1
Newcastle upon Tyne


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