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The Cost of Clinical Legal Education

Boston College Journal of Law & Social Science, vol. 32, p. 309, 2012

Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-06-06

23 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2012  

Peter A. Joy

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Date Written: June 27, 2012

Abstract

Critics of clinical legal education often malign its expense and look to clinical budget cuts as the primary means of reducing costs in legal education. This narrow focus, however, ignores the important function that clinical legal education plays in educating law students to be ready for practice and assumes other legal education expenses are more important. The 1992 McCrate Report, the 2007 Carnegie Report, and other studies demonstrate that clinical legal education is necessary to produce a well-rounded and practice ready law student. Though clinical legal education should not be immune to cost restraints, neither should any other type of law school expenditure. To succeed in economically difficult and demanding times, law schools must put every aspect of legal education through a cost-benefit analysis for cost-saving potential.

Keywords: clinical legal education, law school clinics, legal education, cost of legal education

Suggested Citation

Joy, Peter A., The Cost of Clinical Legal Education (June 27, 2012). Boston College Journal of Law & Social Science, vol. 32, p. 309, 2012; Washington University in St. Louis Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-06-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2094756

Peter Joy (Contact Author)

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
St. Louis, MO 63130
United States
313-935-6445 (Phone)

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