Legal Education: Integrating Practical Skills Into the Curriculum
Orange County Lawyer Magazine, Vol. 56, No. 6, June 2014, at 16.
2 Pages Posted: 5 Jun 2014 Last revised: 16 Nov 2014
Date Written: June 4, 2014
The proposed practical skills requirement for pre-admission to the bar may begin to minimize the divide between doctrine and practice, or theory and skill, which has characterized most of legal education in the United States. The practical skills aspects of lawyering should not now be viewed as a merely technical component that will subsume the abstract conceptualization and critical reasoning skills fundamental to lawyering. Instead, the law school classroom can integrate skills training with doctrinal material, creating a student who is both better prepared to immediately participate in experiential opportunities and better prepared for the eventual day he or she begins to practice law.
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