Ten Practical Steps to Organization and Operation of a Law School Clinic
7 Pages Posted: 12 Jul 2014
Date Written: February 1, 2004
This short essay draws on my experience of over 30 years, working on six continents (though primarily in Latin America and Europe), advising law schools, international donors and governments that may be considering opening a legal clinic within a law school. It targets live-client clinics and provides a five-part definition of an ideal in-house clinic, but it recognizes that the process of opening a clinic is eminently practical, and often very political, and may sometimes be a long-term goal. Cost should not be a deterrent to opening a clinic; many clinics have started on a shoestring and grown to flourish. The ideas in the paper were originally presented at a conference sponsored by the Open Society Foundation in Mexico City, to Mexican academics considering such a step.
Note: The original Spanish version is also available on request, though it is somewhat shorter than this one, which has proven to be one of my most wide-spread contributions to legal education reform.
Keywords: legal education, clinical education, legal education reform
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