We Have a Dream: Integrating Skills Courses and Public Interest Work in the First Year of Law School (And Beyond)

8 Pages Posted: 3 May 2013

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Sara Rankin

Seattle University School of Law

Lisa Ellen Brodoff

Seattle University School of Law

Mary Bowman

Seattle University School of Law

Date Written: May 2, 2013

Abstract

The clinical and legal writing faculty at the Seattle University School of Law are experimenting with collaborative teaching projects that bring real clients and real legal problems into the first year curriculum. These “integrated skills projects” engage first year students with legal writing faculty, clinical faculty, and public interest work. These projects provide first year students with exceptional training in practical skills, generate remarkable student satisfaction, and re-ignite student passion for the practice of law. This essay (1) introduces a “continuum” of integrated legal skills projects, featuring applied examples of activities that range from discrete to more ambitious; (2) surveys the benefits that we have seen at Seattle University School of Law from the various collaborative projects we have engaged in; and (3) offers some practical tips for getting started with collaborative projects.

Keywords: legal education reform, legal writing, lawyering skills, lawyering process, clinics, clinical work, public interest, public service, legal education reform

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Rankin, Sara and Brodoff, Lisa Ellen and Bowman, Mary, We Have a Dream: Integrating Skills Courses and Public Interest Work in the First Year of Law School (And Beyond) (May 2, 2013). Chapman Law Review, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259852

Sara Rankin (Contact Author)

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

Lisa Ellen Brodoff

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue
Seattle, WA n/a 98122
United States

Mary Bowman

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

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