CFA: Volunteer International Clinicians In-Residence, University placements in Asia (June 2015-April 2016) (Deadline: Ongoing)

CFA: Volunteer International Clinicians In-Residence, University placements in Asia (June 2015-April 2016)
Deadline: Ongoing but please be advised programme opportunities are limited.

Volunteer International Clinicians In-Residence

Period: One to six month university placements in Asia (June 2015-April 2016)

Bridges Across Borders Southeast Asia Community Legal Education Initiative (BABSEA CLE) seeks experienced university law school clinicians (or those with similar experience) to provide clinical legal education mentoring support through their International Clinicians In-Residence Programme throughout Asia.

BABSEA CLE seeks experienced law school clinicians to participate in their International Clinicians In-Residence Programme to help develop and strengthen clinical legal education programmes by training and mentoring individual and groups of law lecturers as well as assisting in programme design and implementation. Volunteer clinicians will be placed with partner universities throughout Asia. Multiple country placements may be an option depending on length of placement.

BABSEA CLE regularly hosts a number of “Clinicians-in-Residence”. These individuals are leading practitioners and thinkers in the field of CLE, access to justice and legal education. Whilst at BABSEA CLE they add to the institutional knowledge of the organization and those of its partners by providing lessons in their area of expertise. They simultaneous gain valuable practical experience and are encouraged to pursue research opportunities in the area.

International Clinicians-in-Residence participate in a ‘dialogue’ with BABSEA CLE and partners. The organization is often able to connect them with partner universities in the region to experience CLE on the ground in Asia. It also provides a valuable networking opportunity and the ability to cultivate collaborative academic networks of CLE practitioners.

Multiple positions available for one month to six month placements (longer placements may be possible on a case by case basis)

  • Flexible start dates Beginning in June 2015
  • Beginning June 2015-March 2016

Volunteers will be provided transportation to and from country placement, visa costs, housing and the possibility of a basic stipend, but no salary. Due to limited financial resources, BABSEA CLE will not be responsible for any other expenses incurred during the assignment (e.g. health/travel insurance).

If applicants, through their universities or other ways, are able to provide co-support for their participation in the programme for flights, housing, cost of living, or in other ways, please inform us of this possibility.

Volunteers will mentor law lecturers and students, help with course design and implementation, assist in the development of administrative practices, and provide holistic assistance to further the quality expansion of CLE.

Additional Responsibilities

  • Prior to placement the ICIR and the host university will collaboratively develop work plans and objectives;
  • Complete a mid-placement review to ensure the clinicians and hosts are equally achieving shared workplace objectives;
  • End of placement review from both parties;
  • The ICIR will provide weekly time logs and journals;
  • Upon completion of placement, the ICIR will need to show what they were exposed to; what they think may work in Myanmar long term and short term, what may not work and why; and identify materials and resources that they see will be helpful to CLE in Myanmar; and
  • Attempt to foster greater bilateral ties including exploring ways for the ICIR’s institutions to independently support (technically and/or financially) future CLE partnership initiatives.


  • All applicants must have at least 7 years experience working as a law school clinician or in a similar capacity. In addition:
  • The ICIR must have a high level of English speaking, writing and listening skills (see the development of English as a way to sustainably build their CLE program and legal education overall);
  • The ICIR must have very good information technology skills and have a very strong working ability using Email, Microsoft word, Excel, Power Point, Drop Box, Google Drive, Skype and very proficient use of smart phone communication/chat applications like LINE, WhatsApp, etc.
  • The ICIR must be flexible and must have previously worked in developing CLE programmes both in their own country and elsewhere (preferably countries in transition and when possible within Asia);
  • The ICIR must be able to commit to a minimum of one month placement with the host university; and
  • The ICIR must have relevant and applicable working knowledge of CLE programmes similar to those established at the university and country the ICIR will be placed in with both clients/community and classroom components;
  • The ICIR must have a considerable amount of experience in strategic plan design, grant proposal and report writing and working with financial budgets and accounting;
  • The ICIR must be willing to work lengthy work days and when necessary on Fridays, Saturdays, Sundays and holidays;
  • The ICIR, due to the possibility of travel and placement in more remote areas, must be in relatively good health and be use to working and living in basic condition environments.

BABSEA CLE will seek ICIRs based on the following requirements:

  • Identify international clinicians from institutions who have demonstrated willingness to support CLE and legal education in Asia;
  • Identify international CLE experts who are associated with associations that adhere to “best practices” such as the Global Alliance for Justice Education (GAE), the European Network on Clinical Legal Education (ENCLE), the Southeast Asia Clinical Legal Education Association, the International Journal on Clinical Legal Education (IJCLE) and the Network of University Legal Aid Institution (NULAI);
  • The ICIR must be prepared to volunteer their time. He/she will not be paid for their services but reasonable travel and living expenses will be covered by the project;
  • The ICIR has either their institution’s permission and support to take time from their regular semester, or the person is able to take sabbatical leave or the person is able to take professor emeritus position; and
  • The ICIR must come from institutions where CLE has a social justice focus.
  • Having experience in assisting in the development of CLE programmes internationally, particularly in countries in transition, is strongly preferable.


Interested applicants should send a cover letter and resume to: with a clear email subject line that states:

Applying for BABSEA CLE International Clinician In-Residence Programme (place name here)

Please describe your international experience, provide your CV, and include your preferred dates of travel.

Deadline to Apply

Ongoing but please be advised programme opportunities are limited.