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BABSEA Community Legal Education Initiative Seeks Law School Clinicians in Vietnam

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative Seeking Volunteer Law School Clinicians for Two (2) Month Mentoring Placement in Viet Nam (2012-2013)

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE) in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (Viet Nam) seeks experienced law school clinicians to help strengthen clinical legal education programmes in Viet Nam.

BABSEA CLE is an international non-governmental legal education, access to justice, organization working to strengthening justice education and provide access to justice throughout Southeast Asia and globally. As a means to achieve this goal since 2003 BABSEA CLE has been working collaboratively with universities, law students, legal institutions, law firms, corporations, governmental and non-governmental organizational partners to develop and strengthen legal education clinics in the Southeast Asia region and worldwide. They have done so as a means to better educate students, instill pro-bono/community service ethics in recent graduates, build a stronger and more professional legal profession, strengthen rule of law, and assist in the providing of access to justice services to poor and marginalized communities.

Initially working in Viet Nam beginnig in 2007, since 2010, BABSEA CLE has been working in collaboration with the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) Viet Nam office to support the development and strengthening of Clinical Legal Education throughout Viet Nam. Currently the project is working with universities located in the North, Middle and Southern part of the country.   As a means to further strengthen these programmes, and building on similar successful strategic initiatives, both in Viet Nam and throughout Southeast Asia, we are seeking volunteer law school clinicians experienced in establishing or strengthening nascent clinical legal education programmes (preferably internationally) to volunteer for a minimum of 2 months with one of university partners in Viet Nam.These volunteers will mentor law lecturers and students, help with course design and implementation, assist in the development of administrative practices, and overall provide holistic assistance to further the quality expansion of CLE.

Dates: Flexible start dates: Beginning July 2012-June 2013

Placement Area: Volunteer clinicians will serve in Viet Nam in either Hanoi, Vinh, Hue, Ho Chi Minh City or Can Tho. They will be primarily based at one university partner but will likely work with a number of partners throughout the placement and some travel throughout Viet Nam may take place.

Costs Covered: Volunteers will be provided transportation to and from country placement, basic housing (a/c, internet, hot water, single room), travel insurance, basic stipend, but no salary. (Applicants should note if they, or another supporting institution, like their universities, are able to assist in some covering expenses)


All applicants must:

• Have at least 7 years experience working as a law school clinician. (Having experience in assisting in the development of CLE programs internationally, particularly in countries in transition, is preferable).
• Have a high command and working ability using the English language (reading, writing and speaking)
• Have  efficient information technolgy skills and computer skills • Be sensitive to cultural, ethnic, religious, national differences
• Be very flexible and open minded
• Be willing to work on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, and lengthy work days, when needed including some holidays
• Be in relative good health due to the possibility of travel and placement in more remote areas
• Be used to working and living in basic condition environments
Applicants who can demonstrate that they have been involved in the Global Alliance forJustice Education (GAJE: www.gaje.org) organization and activities may be given preference.
Applying: Applicants should send a cover letter and resume to Mr. Bruce A. Lasky blasky@babseacle.org, Ms Wendy Morrish wmorrish@babseacle.org, Ms Laura Milne lauraemilne@babseacle.org, and Ms Hien Bui Thu hienb@babseacle.org  and with the Subject Line “Clinician Volunteering in Viet Nam”.   Please describe your international experience and your preferred dates of placement.

Deadline for Applying:  Applications will be considered on a rolling basis but placement options are limited so early applications may be given preference.

July 25, 2012 | Namati

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