Practicing (And Teaching) Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Importing Social Work Principles and Techniques into Clinical Legal Education

St. Thomas Law Review, Vol. 17, 2005

19 Pages Posted: 27 May 2020

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Susan L. Brooks

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Date Written: 2005

Abstract

Practicing Therapeutic Jurisprudence ("TJ") requires proponents to advance a particular normative framework. As a clinical social worker turned lawyer, who is now also a clinical law teacher, I believe strongly that the field of social work provides a useful framework for legal education and practice.' As I will demonstrate through examples from my teaching and my students' practice experiences, the role of the clinical law teacher is uniquely and well suited to apply social work values, principles, concepts, and techniques. By importing these core social work elements into the clinical legal education, faculty can truly teach future lawyers to practice TJ in a meaningful way.

Suggested Citation

Brooks, Susan L., Practicing (And Teaching) Therapeutic Jurisprudence: Importing Social Work Principles and Techniques into Clinical Legal Education (2005). St. Thomas Law Review, Vol. 17, 2005, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3587936

Susan L. Brooks (Contact Author)

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.drexel.edu/law/susan-brooks.asp

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