Lucy Williams3.1.18  —  Professor Lucy Williams, a leading expert on welfare law and low-wage labor, has been selected for a Fulbright Specialist award for spring 2018. In partnership with Wuhan University School of Law in China, she will develop a Public Interest Law Clinic Program to address the existing gap between legal education and current needs in China. In a larger context, this Public Interest Law Clinic Program will also assist in developing a greater sense of professional ethics and responsibility in future Chinese lawyers. Given that Northeastern University School of Law is ranked the #1 law school of practical training by The National Jurist and is one of the United States’ top public interest law schools, Williams will bring deep knowledge in both experiential education and social justice to this venture.

“The concept of public interest law — known as gongyi law in China — to protect the rights of minority and disadvantaged groups is still embryonic in China,” said Williams, who directs Northeastern University School of Law’s Center for Public Interest Advocacy and Collaboration. “In China, law has been used primarily to resolve individual disputes and to serve the goal of maintaining social instability, but not necessarily to vindicate the rights of the vulnerable. This clinic will be focused on giving students a more definite understanding of public interest law and practice. One of the key points of the Public Interest Law Clinic is that it will not only aim at remedies on an individual basis, but will also consider how to empower people by enhancing their understanding of law and how to use legal tools to protect their rights.”

Williams will kick off the planning phase during a residence at Wuhan this spring.

About Northeastern University School of Law

The nation’s leader in experiential legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law offers the longest-running, most extensive experience-based legal education program in the country and is a national leader in legal education reform. Founded with cooperative legal education as the cornerstone of its program, Northeastern guarantees its students an unparalleled full year of practical legal work. All students participate in four, full-time legal placements, and can choose from the more than 900 employers worldwide participating in the school’s signature Cooperative Legal Education Program. The future of legal education since 1968, Northeastern University School of Law blends theory and practice, providing students with a unique set of skills and experience to successfully practice law.