Pricing Clinical Legal Education

Robert R. Kuehn

Washington University in Saint Louis - School of Law

January 29, 2014

Some blame the cost of clinical legal education for high law school tuition. They argue that, regardless of the educational and employment benefits to students, clinical legal education, and law clinics in particular, are too expensive to expand or require for all students in a time of decreasing law school enrollments and revenues. This article is an empirical examination of that claim.

Reviewing tuition, curricular and enrollment data from all law schools, the article demonstrates that 79% of law schools already have the capacity to provide a clinical experience to every student without adding courses or faculty, although only 15% presently require or guarantee that training. It finds there is no effect on the tuition and fees students pay from requiring or guaranteeing every student a clinical experience, no difference in tuition between schools that already have sufficient capacity to provide a clinical experience to each student and those that do not, and no tuition growth associated with the increased availability of law clinics for students or increased participation of students in law clinics. It concludes that providing a clinical experience to every law student has not cost, and need not cost, students more in tuition and is more a question of will than cost.

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Keywords: legal education, law schools, clinical legal education, law clinic

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Date posted: August 29, 2013 ; Last revised: January 29, 2014

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Kuehn, Robert R., Pricing Clinical Legal Education (January 29, 2014). Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2318042 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2318042

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