Significant but Unheralded Growth of Large Externship Programs

28 BYU Journal of Public Law (Fall 2013), Forthcoming

41 Pages Posted: 20 Mar 2013 Last revised: 24 May 2014

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James Backman

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School

Cory Clements

affiliation not provided to SSRN

Date Written: March 18, 2013

Abstract

Over the past twenty years, the growth of externship programs has been one of the least understood features of curriculum development in law schools. We explore the development of externship programs at the ninety-five law schools that have achieved high levels of externship availability since 2006. By focusing on the externship models of the thirty law schools that achieved the highest levels of externship participation, we conclude that a law school's chosen approach for delivering externships is the most important factor influencing externship growth — more than a law school’s ranking, its geographical location, or its size.

Keywords: externship, externships, growth, clinical education, legal education, curriculum development

Suggested Citation

Backman, James and Clements, Cory, Significant but Unheralded Growth of Large Externship Programs (March 18, 2013). 28 BYU Journal of Public Law (Fall 2013), Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2235215 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2235215

James Backman (Contact Author)

Brigham Young University - J. Reuben Clark Law School ( email )

430 JRCB
Brigham Young University
Provo, UT 84602
United States

Cory Clements

affiliation not provided to SSRN

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