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Minister for Law K Shanmugam announced on Friday that his ministry has decided to give direct assistance and support to defendants in criminal cases through criminal legal aid.

University Law Clinics University law clinics provide law students with real-life work experience, develop local legal capacity, and help protect human rights around the world.  Students working in university law clinic—supervised by a law professor or practicing lawyer—provide legal assistance to poor and marginalized clients while gaining exposure to the problems faced by these groups.   The clinical experience offers an invaluable opportunity to use what they have learned in the classroom to empower those whose rights have been violated and who would not otherwise have access to legal assistance.  Ultimately, this can be a transformative experience for them--instilling a life-long…