The Experiential Sabbatical
Martin H. Pritikin
Whittier Law School
February 24, 2014
Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming
Whittier Law School Research Paper No. 14-01
Although many law schools are purporting to move in a more “experiential” direction, few institutions and even fewer professors are utilizing the consummate tool for faculty development — the sabbatical — to spend time gaining practical experience. Having spent my own sabbatical volunteering as a prosecutor, I provide evidence about how my time in practice has enhanced my teaching, scholarship, and service to the institution. I further address the political, financial, and logistical obstacles that may deter schools or individual faculty members from pursuing experiential sabbaticals, and offer recommendations to overcome those obstacles.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 28
Keywords: Sabbatical, experiential, law school
Date posted: April 9, 2014
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