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Experiential legal education

Several law schools have allied to make clinics, simulations and other hands-on courses the norm, not an afterthought.

, The National Law Journal

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Several law schools have allied to make clinics, simulations and other hands-on courses the norm, not an afterthought.

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What's being said

  • Nancy Mackevich Glazer, Manager of Legal Launch LLC (www.LegalLaunch.net)

    I am thrilled to see such innovation that hits squarely such a vital need! As an attorney who graduated in the day when the supply v. demand pendulum swung the other way and law students were fought over ... law graduates today desperately need experience to be hired. Experience Required: How do new attorneys get the training they need to compete for lateral jobs? See my article the Chicago Bar Record Record, January 2012 edition. http://www.legallaunch.net/What-New-Attorneys-Can-Do.html

  • WordWizard2911

    " We agree that it is time to transform legal education into a system of preparing students to be effective lawyers, and that is precisely what innovative legal educators are doing." Great article Luke.

  • Connie Mayer

    As a member of both the Alliance and as a Consortium member of Educating Tomorrow’s Lawyers, Albany Law School supports the efforts of legal education reform aimed at giving students the type of real world experience they need to become competent practicing lawyers. There is, however, a serious issue regarding experiential learning through unpaid internships and pro bono opportunities that has recently emerged as a result of a policy statement issued by the Department of Labor. The Department of Labor, which administers the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), is taking the position that for-profit law firms are prohibited from using unpaid law students who volunteer their time to work on purely pro bono cases for which the law firm will not be compensated. Many innovative teaching ideas and opportunities here at Albany Law School pair our faculty with private outside attorneys to bring real world learning into the school through pro bono opportunities. Restricting pro bono opportunities for law students is inconsistent with the type of experiential learning that prepares students for law practice. I hope the Alliance will take a close look at the DOL proposal to add its voice to the growing concern that students will not be able to acquire the kind of hands-on learning experience they need, if these opportunities are not available to our students. Connie Mayer Interim President and Dean Albany Law School Albany, New York 12208

  • Larry Bridgemith

    NALP recently recognized the Vanderbilt University Law School, the Waller Law firm and Kathleen Pearson, with Pillsbury for a creative third year program combining the practice of law with legal education to the benefit of student, law firm, law school and the professional commitment to clients. See: http://ermlegalsolutions.com/?p=1517. Creative thinkers can change the dynamic of legal education if they are willing to take risks. Most of us in the practice of law are professionally risk averse.

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