Ensuring Effective Education in Alternative Clinical Models
Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Deborah Maranville, Lisa Radtke Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas & Antoinette Sedillo Lopez eds., 2015)
8 Pages Posted: 17 Jan 2015 Last revised: 24 May 2017
Date Written: January 11, 2015
Experiential offerings can vary as to important structural characteristics. The decisions a law school makes on what arrangement to use as to any one characteristic will affect others, as well as the overall quality of the experience. Two fundamental best practices for evaluating how to structure experiential offerings that do not fit the well-established in-house clinic or externship model can be identified. These are to ensure that, first, students learn enough to justify the tuition the students pay and, second, the law school contributes enough to justify the law school receiving the tuition paid by the student.
This section of the forthcoming book Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Lexis 2015) provides guidance on how to design alternative clinical models.
The content of this SSRN posting is material that was published in the book Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World, Maranville, et al., Lexis Nexis 2015. The content has been posted on SSRN with the express permission of Lexis Nexis and of Carolina Academic Press, publisher of the book as of January 1, 2016.
Keywords: legal education, law schools, clinical teaching, externships
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