An Evolving Vision for Experiential Education: The Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law

10 U.C. IRVINE L. REV. 427 (2020)

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2020-53

27 Pages Posted: 16 Jul 2020

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Annie Lai

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Date Written: July 15, 2020

Abstract

Over the past decade, the University of California, Irvine School of Law (“UCI Law”) has developed a robust program of experiential education, including a requirement (and a guarantee) that nearly all students will have the opportunity to participate in a core clinic before they graduate. But there is a risk that, with the decision to make participation in clinics a universal part of the UCI Law experience, our program could lose some of the benefits of clinical legal education’s outsider tradition. In this piece, I offer some of my own reflections co-directing the Immigrant Rights Clinic since 2013 and describe several paradigmatic projects from our student docket. I rely on these reflections to map out four competencies, or “ethoses,” which we can offer students across the student body that embrace—rather than eclipse—the disruptive potential of clinical legal education.

Suggested Citation

Lai, Annie, An Evolving Vision for Experiential Education: The Immigrant Rights Clinic at the University of California, Irvine School of Law (July 15, 2020). 10 U.C. IRVINE L. REV. 427 (2020), UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2020-53, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3652678

Annie Lai (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

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Irvine, CA 92697-1000
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