European Standards for Clinical Legal Education

Since 2018, ENCLE is engaged in an open process to create a common set of Standards for Clinical Legal Education (CLE) in Europe. The main aim is to provide some guiding principles on CLE to law clinics in Europe. While this process is still very much open and under discussions, some specific outcomes have been achieved so far:

  • The concrete idea to develop a common set of European CLE standards were launched after the ENCLE Conference in Turin in 2018, where a plenary sessions (see the video and the summary of the Turin plenary session) took place on CLE standards.


  • After this, a first workshop was held in Valencia in January 2019 where a number of European clinicians met to discuss the development of European CLE standards (see summary of the Valencia roundtable).


  • In the meantime and in the frame of the STARS project (Skill Transfers in Academia: a Renewed Strategy - an Erasmus+ project), the law clinics engaged in the STARS project developed a draft set of CLE standards, which served as an example for the ENCLE discussions on standards.


  • A second ENCLE standards workshop was then held in Bratislava in July 2019 (see the summary of the Bratislava workshop), which comprised a plenary sessions and discussions in thematic groups.



A third ENCLE standards workshop is now planed on 14th March 2020, which will take place during the ‘Training of Trainers’ that is jointly organised by the REAL project led by Letterkenny Institute of Technology and ENCLE (see more information about the ToT here). 

The aims of this third workshop will be:

(1) to continue the started discussions on objectives, process and content of a common set of European CLE Standards,

(2) to incorporate the different outcomes from local, regional and national discussions on CLE standards and ideally

(3) to create a first draft of ENCLE standards, that could be further discussed at all levels and at the next ENCLE conference, which will take place from the 13-15th July 2020 in Dublin (see more information about the ICJLE/ENCLE conference in Dublin here). 


Please do not hesitate to share your comments and suggestions related to the “ENCLE Project on European Standards for Clinical Legal Education” (regarding the general objectives, the process used so far and/or content) by sending an email to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  .