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Addressing Problems of Power and Supervision in Field Placements


Nancy Maurer


Albany Law School

Robert Seibel


California Western School of Law

October 20, 2010

Clinical Law Review, Vol. 17, p. 145, 2010
Albany Law School Research Paper No. 30

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Power dynamics play a role in all workplace relationships and are of particular significance in field placement programs where such dynamics can have an impact on the learning opportunities for law students. This article examines power issues in relation to supervision of law students. The article begins by exploring the parameters of the problem through examples, and then examines the potential consequences of failing to address such issues in field placement programs, including ethical ramifications. Faculty in field placement programs, who generally are not responsible for client work product, have a unique opportunity to address power and supervision issues with students and supervising attorneys. The goal of field placements is to equip students to fully exploit opportunities in the programs, and to prepare them for workplace issues they may face in the legal workplace. The article contains extensive suggestions for teaching about power in each phase of field placement programs, in hopes of enabling students, faculty and supervisors to identify and address problems of power and supervision and to maximize student learning.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 53

Keywords: Field Placements, Clinic

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Date posted: November 12, 2010 ; Last revised: December 16, 2012

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Maurer, Nancy and Seibel, Robert, Addressing Problems of Power and Supervision in Field Placements (October 20, 2010). Clinical Law Review, Vol. 17, p. 145, 2010; Albany Law School Research Paper No. 30. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1707437

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Nancy Maurer (Contact Author)
Albany Law School ( email )
80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

Robert Seibel
California Western School of Law ( email )
225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
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