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Center for Law and Policy (CLP) hosted the first conference of Global Trends in Legal Education (GTLE), titled “Clinical and Experiential Learning,” on 11 August 2012 at Pearl Continental Hotel, Lahore. The conference was designed to analyze the goals of clinical and experiential legal education and to explore the possibility of introducing the same in Pakistan.

Syed Imad-ud-Din Asad [LL.M. (Harvard); Founder and Director, Center for Law and Policy; Associate Professor and Director, UMT School of Law and Policy], who conceived the idea of GTLE while attending Global Legal Education Forum (GLEF) at Harvard Law School in March 2012, explained the concept and sgnificance GTLE in his introductory remarks. He was followed by Nina Fite [M.Sc. (NDU); U.S. Consul General in Lahore], who formally inaugurated the event. In her speech, Ms. Fite appreciated the commendable efforts made by Professor Asad aimed at introducing improvements in Pakistani legal academia; and highlighted the need for the exchange of knowledge and experiences across borders and the importance of an efficient system of legal education for a country like Pakistan.

It was the first time that legal scholars from prominent law schools in the United States and India engaged in a dialogue with Pakistani lawyers on such a scale. The event proved to be a tremendous opportunity for both local and foreign scholars to learn from each other’s experiences.

The second conference of GTLE will be held on 15 December 2012.
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