The outcomes of community legal education: a systematic review, Justice issues paper 18 ( 2014 ) Cite this report
CLE may be conducted on a broad range of legal topics, ranging from family law to copyright to credit/debt issues.
CLE targets either community members who are perceived to be at risk of or who are already facing legal issues and/or non-legal workers who work with these community members. These workers are an important ‘first port of call’ for socially and economically disadvantaged people with legal problems (Clarke & Forell 2007, p.1; see also Coumarelos et al. 2012, p.109). CLE programs are generally conducted either by legal organisations, or non-legal organisations that have an interest in legal issues or whose clients may have specific legal issues (e.g. domestic violence support services, tenancy services). Some are conducted as standalone programs, whilst others are components of broader programs covering various other activities, for example, the distribution of written education materials, legal advice and assistance or policy work.