Measuring the Impact of Social Justice Teaching: Research Design and Oversight
International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, v. 24, 2017
53 Pages Posted: 20 Apr 2017 Last revised: 29 Jun 2017
Date Written: 2017
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.
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Keywords: legal education, clinical legal education, professional education, social justice, medical legal partnership
JEL Classification: I23, I24, K19, K32, K39, K40, K49
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