September 01, 2014

The Trials of Clinical Education

Some third-year law students get an eye-opening look at their future career by appearing in court before a judge on behalf of a real client.

Law schools have their critics these days. Some want them to do less and advocate lopping a year off the experience. Others want them to do more and expect clinics to pick up society’s slack by assisting the elderly, representing immigrants, and even defending people trying to stave off imprisonment. While clinical education can be invaluable to students, it faces real challenges in avoiding the demoralization of participants and the dashing of unrealistic expectations held by the community at large. But before turning to these important issues, a story.

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