Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Erasing Lines Between Faculty

The Second Draft, 2013, Forthcoming

5 Pages Posted: 29 Oct 2013 Last revised: 24 May 2014

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Sarah E. Ricks

Rutgers School of Law - Camden

Date Written: October 28, 2013


Now that traditional approaches to legal education are under scrutiny, your law school may be open to curricular innovations in legal writing that would have been unthinkable a few years ago. Let’s take a cue from Rahm Emanuel’s exhortation to never let a serious crisis go to waste. Let’s think about experimenting with what we teach by erasing lines between legal writing, clinical, and pro bono programs. This very short piece argues that erasing lines between faculty can benefit law schools, students, and faculty. It summarizes just a few of the many current examples of how legal writing faculty are collaborating with non-profits, clinics, or government agencies, exposing students to real law practice, or exploring other ways to help our students become more "practice-ready."

Keywords: legal education, Carnegie, pro bono, legal writing, collaboration, practice-ready, clinics, hybrid teaching

Suggested Citation

Ricks, Sarah E., Never Let a Crisis Go to Waste: Erasing Lines Between Faculty (October 28, 2013). The Second Draft, 2013, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN:

Sarah E. Ricks (Contact Author)

Rutgers School of Law - Camden ( email )

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