Call for Papers: 2022 Special Issue






Dear colleagues

University law clinics have operated for decades and throughout the world providing free advice for clients across a range of issues – from asylum and benefits advice, through consumer rights, employment, and family matters, to tax, welfare and youth legal needs. The impact on the legal sector, the students who provide the legal assistance and service, and most significantly to the clients who access the clinics have been profound, often being discussed and debated in the volumes of this journal.

This call is aimed at curating an edition of the journal focusing on a topical dimension to university law clinics, brought into sharp focus during the pandemic and its effects across the legal and business sectors. Undoubtedly there have been many direct and indirect effects caused by the pandemic on businesses and their operations in which law clinics have intervened, with others that have highlighted existing works. As noted across media sources, employee burnout, responsibilities surrounding health & safety, parental responsibilities during lockdowns, home working, the furlough scheme, changes to workers’ contracts, insolvency of businesses and redundancies, dismissals, leasing and business rates and supply chain management have each been a developing risk of the covid outbreak. Each of these matters, among the myriad others affecting all business types, have affected the international community, posing challenges for management, governance and legal regimes around the world.

These matters have brought the impact of business / entrepreneurial law clinics to the fore, further cementing their significance for industry and commerce. It is in this regard that we are seeking the submissions of papers which address all aspects of entrepreneurial law clinics, with the following topics particularly encouraged:

  • Business and the impact of human rights protections
  • Business issues with supply chains, modern slavery and human trafficking
  • Business advice for members of the refugee community
  • Start-ups, business structure and incorporation
  • The evolution of employment practices and data protection
  • Dispute resolution in commercial settings
  • The application and use of force majeure certificates and contracts
  • Law clinic responses to accessibility and continued practice, remotely and face-to-face, during national lockdowns
  • International collaborations on approaches to the development of business-focused law clinics
  • Student exchanges and conferences promoting business law clinics
  • The development and operation of community led businesses and cooperatives
  • The effects of mentor and ‘buddy’ systems as a clinical model
  • A clinical setting as a forum to learn about the entrepreneurial mind-set
  • Public / private partnerships in promoting clinical legal education

We wish to reiterate the global nature of this call and welcome submissions regarding law clinics from all jurisdictions. We welcome submissions on the above topics, broadly defined, presenting practical, simulated, theoretical, conceptual and/or empirical materials.



Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words by email to editors Lyndsey Bengtsson ( and/or James Marson ( by 1st June 2022. Successful applicants will be informed in July 2022 with final drafts to be submitted by 30th November 2022. All submissions should follow the Author Guidelines. Authors need to register with the journal prior to submitting or, if already registered, can simply log in and begin the five-step process. All manuscripts will be subject to a double-blind peer-review process.

The International Journal of Clinical Legal Education is an open access journal and does not apply an article processing charge for publication. Submitted papers should be formatted and presented in English. For more information please contact James Marson (