Creative Initiatives at U.S. Law Schools

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Christine N. Cimini

University of Washington - School of Law

Roberto L. Corrada

University of Denver - Sturm College of Law

Myra Berman

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center

Christine E Cerniglia

Stetson University - College of Law

Katherine R. Kruse

Mitchell Hamline School of Law

Date Written: June 13, 2014

Abstract

Creative initiatives and programs that address problems in legal education are underway at many law schools. Some are entirely new in design and aim, running the gamut from full programs to individual innovative courses. Other initiatives build on or give new direction to existing programs, such as clinics and externships. Others are designed to address the costs and time commitment associated with a traditional three-year JD. The breadth and variety of these many efforts signal that law schools hear, take seriously, and are responding to criticisms being leveled at legal education. This report begins the process of identifying and cataloging creative programmatic initiatives in law schools. It organizes the efforts into seven categories: — requirements or guarantees of experiential education opportunities — simulation/observation courses; — structured experiential programs; — the establishment of Deans/Directors/Chairs and/or Centers/Programs focused on experiential education; — pro bono and public interest initiatives with experiential components; — post-graduation innovations; and — multi-disciplinary approaches.The authors, from five different law schools, were the Working Group on Creative Initiatives of the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law. The reports of six working groups — including this one — were presented at the Second National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law;, held at Elon University School of Law, June 13-15, 2014.

Keywords: law schools, legal education, curriculum, labs, practicums, semester-in-practice programs, bar exam, project-based learning, law school administration, public interest law, incubator programs

Suggested Citation

Cimini, Christine N. and Corrada, Roberto L. and Berman, Myra and Cerniglia, Christine E and Kruse, Kate, Creative Initiatives at U.S. Law Schools (June 13, 2014). Elon Law Review, Vol. 7, No. 1, Pp. 1-2, 57-89 (2015); University of Washington School of Law Research Paper; U Denver Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-33. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3264993

Christine N. Cimini (Contact Author)

University of Washington - School of Law ( email )

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Box 353020
Seattle, WA 98105-3020
United States

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Roberto L. Corrada

University of Denver - Sturm College of Law ( email )

2255 E. Evans Avenue
Denver, CO 80208
United States

Myra Berman

Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center ( email )

225 Eastview Drive
Central Islip, NY 11722
United States

Christine E Cerniglia

Stetson University - College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States

Kate Kruse

Mitchell Hamline School of Law ( email )

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

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