Student Assessment in the Clinical Environment - What Can We Learn from the US Experience?

Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/18

International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 2007

20 Pages Posted: 4 Mar 2009 Last revised: 12 Dec 2012

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Ross L. Hyams

Monash University - Faculty of Law

Date Written: February 25, 2009

Abstract

Clinical legal education has a relatively short history in Australia of some thirty years. By contrast, the US has a much longer and diverse history of clinical pedagogy and has been successfully teaching and assession students in University legal clinics for over half a century. Traditional law school teaching methodology relies heavily on the Langdellian style of lectures, tutorials and then a form of summative evaluation. Clinical pedagogy is a radical departure from this style and as such assessment of clinical students necessitates a different approach. Clinicians have a duty to offer assessment regimes which ciomplement the clinical technique of law teaching.

Keywords: clinical legal education, undergraduate studies, legal education, assessment

JEL Classification: K0, K00, K19, K39, K49

Suggested Citation

Hyams, Ross L., Student Assessment in the Clinical Environment - What Can We Learn from the US Experience? (February 25, 2009). Monash University Faculty of Law Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2007/18, International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 2007, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1349443

Ross L. Hyams (Contact Author)

Monash University - Faculty of Law ( email )

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Clayton, Victoria 3800
Australia

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