Reflections on Elitism After the Closing of a Clinic: Justice, Pedagogy and Scholarship
26 Clinical Law Review 263 (2019)
25 Pages Posted: 23 Sep 2019 Last revised: 24 Sep 2019
Date Written: September 14, 2019
In this Essay, I reflect upon my experience directing the Immigration Clinic at Western State College of Law for nearly a decade, including my decision to close the Clinic after financial crisis put the law school’s ability to continue operating in serious jeopardy in the Spring of 2019. The Essay focuses on the themes of pedagogy and the viability of non-elite law schools, teaching and doing social justice in the clinical context, and the integration of theory, doctrine and practice in legal scholarship. By memorializing a portion of the Clinic’s work, the Essay seeks to give voice to stories that might otherwise go unheard during a time of institutional crisis. In doing so, I hope to disrupt the easy narratives that may otherwise dominate our understanding of Western State’s record and offer a perspective on the value of clinical legal education and clinic scholarship at non-elite law schools.
Keywords: clinical education, legal profession, immigration, pedagogy, clinical scholarship, deportation, detention, social justice, legal education
JEL Classification: K37
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