Advancing the Future of Family Violence Law Pedagogy: The Founding of a Law School Clinic

23 Pages Posted: 11 Mar 2008

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Melissa L. Breger

Albany Law School

Theresa A. Hughes

St. John's University - School of Law

Abstract

This Article advocates for law schools to integrate family violence law further into their curricula and proffers reasons why family violence training is critical in preparing students to practice law. The authors posit that although live-client specialty clinics are the most in-depth way to teach family violence law, the topic should also be offered through doctrinal courses, externships, or general subject matter clinics. The Article then describes the authors' own experiences in confounding a child advocacy clinic in New York City, outlining the steps taken to transform a vision into the actual formation of a clinic. Finally, the authors conclude with thoughts about the future of family violence law in legal academia, including mandating family violence law education for all law students.

Suggested Citation

Breger, Melissa L. and Hughes, Theresa A., Advancing the Future of Family Violence Law Pedagogy: The Founding of a Law School Clinic. Michigan Journal of Law Reform, Vol. 41, No. 1, Fall 2007; St. John's Legal Studies Research Paper No. 08-0107; NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 07/08-26. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1103506

Melissa L. Breger

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States
518-445-2311 (Phone)

Theresa A. Hughes (Contact Author)

St. John's University - School of Law ( email )

8000 Utopia Parkway
Jamaica, NY 11439
United States

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