A Glossary for Experiential Education in Law Schools

7 Elon L. Rev. 1, 12 (2015)

12 Pages Posted: 3 Dec 2014 Last revised: 13 Sep 2015

See all articles by Cynthia F. Adcock

Cynthia F. Adcock

Elon University School of Law

Cynthia Batt

Stetson University College of Law

Susan L. Brooks

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Justine A. Dunlap

University of Massachusetts School of Law

Carolyn Wilkes Kaas

Quinnipiac University

Katherine R. Kruse

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Susan Maze-Rothstein

Northeastern University - School of Law

Ruth Anne Robbins

Rutgers Law School

Date Written: November 30, 2014

Abstract

Without a consensus on nomenclature, comparisons and even conversations have been difficult. Institutions use different terms when referring to the same types of learning experiences, and use the same terms -- such as “practicum” or even “clinic” – inconsistently. The increasing proliferation of inconsistent terminology for experiential education offerings makes it difficult for prospective students comparing law schools, for regulators evaluating law schools, for legal employers assessing prospective hires, and for law schools engaging in self-assessment and redesign.

This glossary was written by a collaboration of law teachers who are members of the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law. We are from a range of law schools and teach using a range of methodologies. Our goal has been to create a common vocabulary to help bring clarity to the nomenclature chaos.

Terms are organized into three categories: pedagogy, program design and course design. Significant delineations include experiential education pedagogy, which includes education through supervised practice experiences as well as simulated practice experiences, and clinical legal education, which is limited to education through supervised practice experiences, whether taught solely by faculty or by faculty in partnership with legal professionals external to the law school. Significant inclusions are programs not always considered experiential education: Cooperative Education Program, Lawyering Skills Competition Program, Legal Analysis, Writing, and Research Program, and Pro Bono Program.

This glossary does not set forth evaluative criteria for experiential offerings, leaving that task to regulatory and other legal education groups. It does, however, provide a definition for the ideal experiential education program: an integrated lawyering program.

Keywords: Legal Education, Experiential Learning, Experiential Education

Suggested Citation

Adcock, Cynthia F. and Batt, Cynthia and Brooks, Susan L. and Dunlap, Justine A. and Kaas, Carolyn Wilkes and Kruse, Kate and Maze-Rothstein, Susan and Robbins, Ruth Anne, A Glossary for Experiential Education in Law Schools (November 30, 2014). 7 Elon L. Rev. 1, 12 (2015). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2532208 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2532208

Cynthia F. Adcock (Contact Author)

Elon University School of Law ( email )

201 N. Greene Street
Greensboro, NC 27401
United States

Cynthia Batt

Stetson University College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

Susan L. Brooks

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.drexel.edu/law/susan-brooks.asp

Justine A. Dunlap

University of Massachusetts School of Law ( email )

333 Faunce Corner Rd
N. Dartmouth, MA 02747
United States
508.985.1158 (Phone)
508.985.1115 (Fax)

Carolyn Wilkes Kaas

Quinnipiac University ( email )

275 Mt. Carmel Avenue
Hamden, CT 06518
United States

Kate Kruse

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States

Susan Maze-Rothstein

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

416 Huntington Avenue
Boston, MA 02115
United States

Ruth Anne Robbins

Rutgers Law School ( email )

217 N. 5th Street
Camden, NJ NJ 08102
United States
8568893993 (Phone)

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