The legal clinic is based on service-learning or ApS. In the legal clinic there is active learning by law students, collaborating with associations, foundations or administrations that support disadvantaged people or groups. This active learning, collaborating with these organisations in order to provide a service to society is ApS. ApS implies a radical change with respect to the traditional method of university teaching. It involves learning in an active and autonomous way in real scenarios, attending to some of the needs of certain social groups.
The competences acquired by the student in the legal clinic are:
- Knowing how to apply their knowledge to their work or vocation in a professional manner and possessing the competences that are usually demonstrated through the elaboration and defence of arguments and the resolution of problems within their area of study.
- Have the ability to gather and interpret relevant data (usually within their field of study) in order to make judgements which include reflection on relevant social, scientific or ethical issues.
- Convey information, ideas, problems and solutions to both specialist and non-specialist audiences.
- Acquire skills in the search for information in different sources and supports.
- Obtain the ability to organise, analyse and synthesise.
- To be able to express oneself orally and in writing on specific subjects.
- Develop social sensitivity.
- Acquire a civic, ethical and deontological commitment.