Handling Big Cases in Law School Clinics, or Lessons from My Clinic Sabbatical

Clinical Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 2, p. 879, Spring 2003

Albany Law School Research Paper

23 Pages Posted: 10 Jun 2010  

Nancy Maurer

Albany Law School

Date Written: 2003

Abstract

This essay explores some of the benefits as well as a few of the drawbacks of handling big cases in law school clinics. Big cases – those involving long-term lawyer/client relationships and litigation of complex legal issues – offer some of the best learning opportunities for both faculty and students. They teach us about the complex nature of the law, client decision-making, problem solving and collaboration. They prepare students for practice. Big cases also take up a great deal of clinic faculty time, especially over summers and breaks, and sometimes during sabbaticals. Using two clinic cases as models for discussion, the author describes the educational benefits she and successive teams of students gained from working on these cases over a period of several years. A few proposals are offered from supporting clinic faculty and making efficient use of faculty and student time so that clinics can take on the big cases.

Keywords: Law Clinic, Education

Suggested Citation

Maurer, Nancy, Handling Big Cases in Law School Clinics, or Lessons from My Clinic Sabbatical (2003). Clinical Law Review, Vol. 9, No. 2, p. 879, Spring 2003; Albany Law School Research Paper. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1623286

Nancy Maurer (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

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