Building Bridges: A Call for Greater Collaboration Between Legal Writing and Clinical Professors

11 Pages Posted: 29 Jan 2008


Law schools are educational institutions. For most, our mission is to provide students with an outstanding legal education. To achieve this goal, all groups must share knowledge and information openly and collaborate in ways that will improve the education we offer our students. Two faculty groups that have much to share are legal writing professors and clinicians. While we have our differences, they pale in comparison to the complementary methods we use and the goals we set for our students. We want our students to understand how to apply the law to real-world situations. We want them to excel in analysis and synthesis. We want them to develop interdisciplinary problem-solving skills and the judgment necessary to represent clients competently. We want them to be professional, ethical, and civil. With these similarities in mind, below are several thoughts, from a decanal perspective, about how legal writing and clinical faculty might collaborate in ways that will improve students' educational experiences, advance both fields, and help law schools achieve their important missions.

Keywords: collaboration, clinical, clinical professors, legal writing, legal writing professors, legal education, skills

Suggested Citation

Dickerson, Darby, Building Bridges: A Call for Greater Collaboration Between Legal Writing and Clinical Professors. Journal of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, Vol. 4. Available at SSRN:

Darby Dickerson (Contact Author)

UIC John Marshall Law School ( email )

300 S. State Street
Chicago, IL 60604
United States

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