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Inside the Network of University Legal Aid Institutions

homepageNetwork of University Legal Aid Institutions (NULAI) Nigeria was established in 2003 as a non-governmental, non-profit and non-political organization committed to promoting clinical legal education, legal education reform, legal aid and access to justice in Nigeria and the development of future public interest lawyers. Clinical Legal Education (CLE) is the use of any kind of experiential, practical or active training for legal professionals to impact such skills as the ability to solve legal problems.

The CLE program is the strategic approach adopted by NULAI to enhance human rights education, promotion, protection and implementation. CLE bridges the gap of gross human rights neglect and violations resulting from ineffective legal aid system and criminal justice administration; lack of pro-bono culture amongst lawyers; exclusion of rural population from access to justice and social justice; poverty; and challenges of geographical location of communities.  Since 2004, 18 Campus-based law clinics have opened in Nigeria, creating new avenues for free legal services and a new generation of law students providing free access to justice services in the country. With support from Open Society Foundations, MacArthur Foundation and European Union, an average of 2,000 law students provide free legal services and human rights education for local communities in different geograpical regions.