Exploring the Meaning of Experiential Deaning
Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming
Vermont Law School Paper No. 2-17
43 Pages Posted: 4 Dec 2017 Last revised: 2 Jan 2018
Date Written: November 30, 2017
This article explores the position of associate dean of experiential education in law schools across the country and the central role associate deans play in the changing landscape of legal education. Experiential deans have broad responsibility for overseeing law schools’ experiential education programs. Additional responsibilities differ between institutions, but range from leading efforts to comply with new ABA standards to overseeing the integration of experiential education into the broader curriculum. Analyzing survey data collected from associate experiential deans across the country, the authors find the structure, content, and authority of the position is under-developed. The authors make recommendations on how institutions can carve out the role intentionally and provide institutional support to increase the efficacy of the position.
Keywords: Experiential Education, Institutional Support
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