Advancing the Future of Family Violence Law Pedagogy: The Founding of a Law School Clinic
Melissa L. Breger
Albany Law School
Theresa A. Hughes
St. John's University - School of Law
Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 41, No. 1, Fall 2007
St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0107
NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 07/08-26
This Article advocates for law schools to integrate family violence law further into their curricula and proffers reasons why family violence training is critical in preparing students to practice law. The authors posit that although live-client specialty clinics are the most in-depth way to teach family violence law, the topic should also be offered through doctrinal courses, externships, or general subject matter clinics. The Article then describes the authors' own experiences in confounding a child advocacy clinic in New York City, outlining the steps taken to transform a vision into the actual formation of a clinic. Finally, the authors conclude with thoughts about the future of family violence law in legal academia, including mandating family violence law education for all law students.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 23Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 11, 2008
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