The Experiential Sabbatical

Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming

Whittier Law School Research Paper No. 14-01

28 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2014

Date Written: February 24, 2014


Although many law schools are purporting to move in a more “experiential” direction, few institutions and even fewer professors are utilizing the consummate tool for faculty development — the sabbatical — to spend time gaining practical experience. Having spent my own sabbatical volunteering as a prosecutor, I provide evidence about how my time in practice has enhanced my teaching, scholarship, and service to the institution. I further address the political, financial, and logistical obstacles that may deter schools or individual faculty members from pursuing experiential sabbaticals, and offer recommendations to overcome those obstacles.

Keywords: Sabbatical, experiential, law school

Suggested Citation

Pritikin, Martin H., The Experiential Sabbatical (February 24, 2014). Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming; Whittier Law School Research Paper No. 14-01. Available at SSRN:

Martin H. Pritikin (Contact Author)

Whittier Law School ( email )

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Costa Mesa, CA 92626
United States

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