Public Service

Public Service
Encouraging students to give back to their community

Public service and community outreach are part and parcel of TAU Law’s academic mission. The Faculty is dedicated to educating its students to be professional legal practitioners as well as ethically engaged and committed participants in the community, working towards social justice.

 

Our faculty members are passionately involved in the public sphere: many routinely serve on public committees, testify in the Knesset, and engage in public debates over legal issues through op-eds, media interviews, and involvement in NGOs.

 

We offer a wide spectrum of meaningful and fulfilling curricular and extracurricular public service opportunities to our students. The most notable is our Clinical Legal Education Program. The first and largest in Israel, the program comprises eight law clinics that address pressing social issues in a variety of topics, such as human rights, environmental justice, Holocaust survivors' rights, refugee rights and more. During their clinical education, students take part in valuable, supervised and assessed learning experiences, as they work alongside lawyers, meet with clients, research legal issues, draft legal documents, and accompany lawyers to court hearings and other legal proceedings.

 

Through the involvement in various student-led organizations and initiatives, our students are further able to develop their practical skills and creativity, while helping to advance the public good. Amongst these are: Introduction to Law (Mevo'ot Mishpat) - an educational program intended at teaching democracy and tolerance to primary and high school pupils; People's University - a series of annual academic courses aimed at empowering disadvantaged populations, and Heart of the Law (Halev BaMishpat) - an award-winning volunteer legal assistance program for individuals who cannot afford legal representation.

 

In addition, over the years, several independent public and community oriented programs have been initiated by the Law Student Council and individual students. We encourage, and wholeheartedly assist and support these efforts.

 

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