Student Assessment in the Clinical Environment - What Can We Learn from the US Experience?
Ross L. Hyams
Monash University - Faculty of Law
February 25, 2009
Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/18
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 2007
Clinical legal education has a relatively short history in Australia of some thirty years. By contrast, the US has a much longer and diverse history of clinical pedagogy and has been successfully teaching and assession students in University legal clinics for over half a century. Traditional law school teaching methodology relies heavily on the Langdellian style of lectures, tutorials and then a form of summative evaluation. Clinical pedagogy is a radical departure from this style and as such assessment of clinical students necessitates a different approach. Clinicians have a duty to offer assessment regimes which ciomplement the clinical technique of law teaching.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: clinical legal education, undergraduate studies, legal education, assessment
JEL Classification: K0, K00, K19, K39, K49Accepted Paper Series
Date posted: March 4, 2009 ; Last revised: December 12, 2012
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