Experiential, Modern Learning and Community Service at Their Best
8 Pages Posted: 8 Sep 2013
Date Written: September 6, 2013
Current interest in Experiential, Modern Learning stems from a recognition by law schools and practitioners that students, while in law school, should be getting more experience learning the skills actually needed for the practice of law. Frequently this is attempted by the use of simulations, mock interviews, and the like. But there is no substitute for doing real work for a real client.
Most law schools tend to put an emphasis on litigation skills, even though, in fact, litigation comprises only a very small fraction of the work actually done by lawyers. This article describes how law students can be given actual experience, doing real work, for real clients, in an effective, efficient manner.
The program described in this article could be replicated at virtually any law school – thus providing excellent experiential learning for the students, and valuable, important legal services for an under-represented segment of the population. The advance training given to the students, the personal dedication and commitment of the students involved, and the assistance from members of the bench, bar, Governor’s Office, Department of Interior, and Tribal leaders were key to the remarkable success of this program.
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