Measuring the Impact of Social Justice Teaching: Research Design and Oversight

International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, v. 24, 2017

Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-07

53 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2017 Last revised: 29 Jun 2017

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Lisa Bliss

Georgia State University - College of Law

Sylvia Caley

Georgia State University College of Law

Leslie E. Wolf

Georgia State University College of Law

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

Research and the production of scholarship is a fundamental part of being a legal academic. Such endeavors identify issues and answer questions that further understanding of the law, the profession, and the justice system itself. Research and scholarship in the legal academy traditionally meant the study of law and legal theory. A growing body of legal academics are focusing research and scholarship on legal education itself, as well as research that measures the impact of legal education on the development of students' practical and professional skills. The impact of clinical legal education is an important aspect of this scholarship. This article explores how thoughtfully designed research projects can measure the impact of social justice teaching, using examples and experience gleaned from the evaluation and research component of a medical legal partnership and its affiliated law school clinic. The article examines principles of good research design, the art of formulating research questions, and the potential uses for resulting data. It also identifies critical steps and issues to consider when developing a research project.

Note: This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Keywords: legal education, clinical legal education, professional education, social justice, medical legal partnership

JEL Classification: I23, I24, K19, K32, K39, K40, K49

Suggested Citation

Bliss, Lisa and Caley, Sylvia and Wolf, Leslie E., Measuring the Impact of Social Justice Teaching: Research Design and Oversight (2017). International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, v. 24, 2017, Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-07, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2955835

Lisa Bliss (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

Sylvia Caley

Georgia State University College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

Leslie E. Wolf

Georgia State University College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

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