Academic Year 2023/2024

  • Moduli: Stefania Spada (Modulo 0) Elena Ferioli (Modulo 1) Silvia Renzetti (Modulo 2) Stefania Pellegrini (Modulo 3) Giulio Centamore (Modulo 4)
  • Teaching Mode: Traditional lectures (Modulo 0) Traditional lectures (Modulo 1) Traditional lectures (Modulo 2) Traditional lectures (Modulo 3) Traditional lectures (Modulo 4)
  • Campus: Bologna
  • Corso: Single cycle degree programme (LMCU) in Law (cod. 9232)

Learning outcomes

Clinical legal education is a method of teaching law based on the combination of theory and practice and oriented towards a social justice mission. Clinical legal education enables students, as part of a team with lecturers and lawyers, to deal with a real-life case where there is a risk of discrimination or where a case of vulnerability, fragility or social marginalisation has to be dealt with, offering, where necessary, assistance to the victim on a judicial level. In fact, the clinical activity enables the development of specific professional skills, analytical abilities and in-depth theoretical competences, as well as a profound deontological awareness. In particular, the following learning objectives are identified: - to promote the development of specific professional skills (problem solving; strategic assessment; argumentation; interpersonal skills with the various actors involved); - to strengthen the aptitude for legal analysis especially through regulatory and jurisprudential research; - to foster the acquisition of transversal skills through learning by doing and cooperative learning; - to provide the first elements of deontology and professional ethics already starting from the university course.

Course contents

The experimental legal clinic "Victims and Discrimination" of the Department of Legal Sciences of the Alma Mater Studiorum-University of Bologna is characterised in particular
- by the choice of a subject strongly characterised from the point of view of social justice, inclusive and transversal to the different teaching areas and therefore interdisciplinary
- for the balance between client care and student teaching;
- for the enhancement of the University's role as a responsible social actor, through partnership agreements both with the Bologna Bar Association and with local actors working for the protection of rights and the representation of social demands.
This teaching methodology, thanks to the supervision of
teachers and specialised professionals, will allow
students to develop specific professional skills, analysis skills and in-depth theoretical competences, as well as a deep deontological awareness. In fact, the shared experiential method will enable them to develop knowledge, know-how and know-how, which are indispensable for future professional activity.


The case will be proposed by associations and organisations for the protection of the territory and will be selected by the Scientific Committee, according to the criteria of sustainability and social relevance.
Once the case has been identified, the Scientific Committee will set up the Teaching Team that will deal with the 'real case', identifying the three lecturers in the area ratione materiae and pairing them with the most suitable clinical lawyer from among those previously selected by the Order.
The activity of each Teaching Team will be co-managed by the clinical lawyer and the three lecturers, without any constraint of subordination and in accordance with the coordination of the Scientific Committee.

Teaching methods

Through the use of interactive pedagogical methods, it is intended to promote
- the development of specific professional skills (problem solving; regulatory and jurisprudential research; strategic evaluation; argumentation; interpersonal skills with the various actors involved);
- the development of in-depth analysis and theoretical skills;
- the development of transversal skills through learning by doing and cooperative learning;
- the transmission of professional values and the development of deontological awareness.

The student will be inducted into the knowledge of the anti-discrimination approach on the basis of the study of socio-anthropological theories and national and EU regulations.

In addition, depending on the case that will be assigned to the team of which the student will be a part, the student will deepen the issues related to the specificity of the client.

Assessment methods

Evaluation of learning will take place during the clinics. Participation in case analysis both through the study of the material promoted by the lecturers and the technical study carried out by the clinical lawyer will be the subject of an interview to be held at the end of the clinic.

Teaching tools

The highly interactive study method will make use of text analysis, dialogue comparisons and frequent working groups with constant brain storming on the evaluation of the progression of the analysis.

Office hours

See the website of Stefania Pellegrini

See the website of Stefania Spada

See the website of Elena Ferioli

See the website of Silvia Renzetti

See the website of Giulio Centamore


Good health and well-being Quality education Gender equality Reduced inequalities

This teaching activity contributes to the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals of the UN 2030 Agenda.