The aims of the Commonwealth Law and Legal Education (CLEA) are to foster and promote high standards of legal education in the Commonwealth. In 1994, the then President of the CLEA, Professor N R Menon, drew attention to the need to make legal education socially relevant and professionally useful; for law schools to prepare themselves for the demands of the profession in the context of the information revolution and other global challenges and to support continuing legal education and distance learning programmes.
In 2000, a proposal was made at a CLEA meeting in Adelaide, Australia to found a fully refereed journal devoted to law and legal education in the Commonwealth as a way of strengthening the aims of the CLEA. Given that The Open University is the world leader in supported open learning and The OU Law School has brought major innovation to legal education and made the study of law accessible to a wide range of students, it was most appropriate for the journal to find a home at the Law School.
The official journal of the CLEA is published twice a year in collaboration with The Open University School of Law.