Bosnia: Student Law Practicum Program

In September 2019, NCSC organized a conference on practice-based learning and clinical education with four partner law faculties in support of the Student Law Practicum Program (SLP) in Bosnia and Herzegovina. The conference was attended by law professors, judges, prosecutors, lawyers, law students, representatives from professional legal associations, and the Center for Judicial and Prosecutorial Training. The conference featured SLP criminal procedure clinical educational materials, developed by judge Mel Flanagan in association with criminal law professors from NCSC’s partner law faculties in Tuzla, Sarajevo, Mostar and Banja Luka. During two panel discussions, professors and legal practitioners discussed lessons learned derived from piloting SLP clinical education methods in criminal procedure courses for law students. Introduction of practice-based learning at the law faculties has strengthened law faculty and justice sector community cooperation, promoted faculty acceptance of clinical education for law students, and increased support to expand practice-based learning opportunities through law student internship and post-graduate legal apprenticeship experiences. At the conference, law students from all four law faculties simulated the roles of judge, prosecutor, defense counsel, and witness in criminal trial hearings, as well as answered questions posed by the conference participants.

The Student Law Practicum Program is a two-year program funded by the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs (INL).

Timothy Hughes, NCSC Senior Legal Counsel and Program Director, Conference Presentation 

Mel Flanagan, Clinical Legal Education Expert, Conference Presentation



Conference Panel 1 on Implementation of SLP Clinical Education, Moderator: Lejla Hasanovic

Conference Panel 2 on Law Faculty and Justice Practitioner Collaboration, Moderator: Nenad Galic