Clinical Faculty in the Legal Academy: Hiring, Promotion and Retention

Journal of Legal Education, Volume 62, Number 1 (August 2012)

47 Pages Posted: 12 Apr 2017

See all articles by Bryan L. Adamson

Bryan L. Adamson

Seattle University School of Law

Calvin G. C. Pang

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law

Bradford Colbert

William Mitchell College of Law

Kathy Hessler

Lewis & Clark Law School

Katherine R. Kruse

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Robert R. Kuehn

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law

Mary Helen McNeal

Syracuse University College of Law

David A. Santacroce

University of Michigan Law School

Date Written: August 2012

Abstract

This article represents a report written at the request by the Chair of the Association of American Law Schools Section on Clinical Legal Education to identify faculty leading clinical programs or employing clinical methodologies in order to distinguish the most robust models. In addressing the need to collect reliable data to assess clinical models, as well as the statuses of the educators who run them, this article facilitates much-needed conversation regarding the value of clinics and those who run them. Such areas of considerable value include content-based education, learning through performance, and consistent feedback, among others. Given the clinical model’s value, this article recommends a unitary tenure model and a continuing yet more limited approach for full-time and part-time educators, respectively, and notes points of tension that may flow from these recommendations. This article concludes with proposals as to how clinical models might be implemented to align with the group’s findings and recommendations

Keywords: clinical faculty, academia, education, legal clinic, tenure model, faculty retention, experiential learning

Suggested Citation

Adamson, Bryan L. and Pang, Calvin G. C. and Colbert, Bradford and Hessler, Kathy and Kruse, Kate and Kuehn, Robert R. and McNeal, Mary Helen and Santacroce, David, Clinical Faculty in the Legal Academy: Hiring, Promotion and Retention (August 2012). Journal of Legal Education, Volume 62, Number 1 (August 2012). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2951851

Bryan L. Adamson

Seattle University School of Law ( email )

901 12th Avenue, Sullivan Hall
P.O. Box 222000
Seattle, WA n/a 98122-1090
United States

Calvin G. C. Pang

University of Hawaii - William S. Richardson School of Law ( email )

2515 Dole Street
Honolulu, HI 96822-2350
United States

Bradford Colbert

William Mitchell College of Law ( email )

875 Summit Ave
St. Paul, MN 55105-3076
United States
651.290.6413 (Phone)
651.290.6407 (Fax)

Kathy Hessler (Contact Author)

Lewis & Clark Law School ( email )

10015 S.W. Terwilliger Blvd.
Portland, OR 97219
United States

Kate Kruse

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

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

Robert R. Kuehn

Washington University in St. Louis - School of Law ( email )

Campus Box 1120
One Brookings Drive
St. Louis, MO 63130-4899
United States
314-935-5706 (Phone)
314-935-5356 (Fax)

Mary Helen McNeal

Syracuse University College of Law ( email )

David Santacroce

University of Michigan Law School ( email )

625 South State Street
Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1215
United States
734 763 4319 (Phone)
734 764 4702 (Fax)

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