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Writing on a Blank Slate: Creating a Blueprint for Experiential Learning at the University of California, Irvine School of Law

UC Irvine Law Review, Vol. 1, 2011

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-5

12 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2012  

Carrie L. Hempel

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Date Written: February 2, 2012

Abstract

Fulfilling the UC Irvine mission to prepare students for the practice of law at the highest levels requires providing every UCI Law student opportunities to learn, as part of their formal legal training, what it means to be a lawyer by actually practicing law. The most important of these opportunities is a student's participation in a substantial clinical course, in which the student, under the close supervision of a member of the UCI Law faculty and, as appropriate, another supervising attorney, represents real clients, addressing their legal problems in an environment that includes continual feedback, skills practice, and time for learning and reflection. This essay describes the UCI Law School blueprint for the development of a well-coordinated experiential learning program that begins in the first year and continues through all three years of the Law School's curriculum. The essay describes how experiential learning is a central goal of the UCI Law School mission and explains how it is implemented through real-world, live client work in each of the three years of law school.

Suggested Citation

Hempel, Carrie L., Writing on a Blank Slate: Creating a Blueprint for Experiential Learning at the University of California, Irvine School of Law (February 2, 2012). UC Irvine Law Review, Vol. 1, 2011; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2012-5. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1998386

Carrie L. Hempel (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

401 E. Peltason Dr.
Ste. 1000
Irvine, CA 92697-1000
United States

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