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'Sending Down' Sabbatical: Lawyering in the Legal Services Trenches Has Benefits for Professor and Practitioner Alike


Suzanne M. Rabe


University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law

Stephen Rosenbaum


University of California, Berkeley - School of Law; University of Washington - School of Law

June 24, 2009

Journal of Legal Education, 2010
Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No 09-25

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This article proposes that clinical professors, and legal writing professors in particular, consider practicing law - in real-life, non-clinical settings - during some significant portion of their sabbaticals from teaching. This proposal would (1) improve the learning experience for students in clinics, writing classes, and skills classes, (2) offer a vital public service to the under-represented, and (3) improve the overall administration of justice. At little cost, this proposal would foster a richer engagement by clinicians and legal writing professors with the world of legal practice. This idea could also infuse increased life and meaning into our law school classes. The Carnegie Foundation’s study of legal education and the Best Practices Project of the Clinical Legal Education Association – along with their recommendations of a greater emphasis on clinics and trial or practice simulations – have generated much discussion within the academy. By challenging readers to consider alternative sabbatical engagements that would later enrich the classroom experience with a practitioner’s focus, our article addresses many of the concerns expressed by the Carnegie Foundation and by the Best Practices Project.

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Keywords: legal writing, clinical education, sabbatical, Carnegie Foundation, best practices

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Date posted: June 25, 2009 ; Last revised: November 5, 2009

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Rabe, Suzanne M. and Rosenbaum, Stephen, 'Sending Down' Sabbatical: Lawyering in the Legal Services Trenches Has Benefits for Professor and Practitioner Alike (June 24, 2009). Journal of Legal Education, 2010; Arizona Legal Studies Discussion Paper No 09-25. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1425686

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Suzanne M. Rabe (Contact Author)
University of Arizona - James E. Rogers College of Law ( email )
P.O. Box 210176
Tucson, AZ 85721-0176
United States
Stephen A. Rosenbaum
University of California, Berkeley - School of Law
215 Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States
University of Washington - School of Law ( email )
William H. Gates Hall
Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States
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