ERIC Number: ED226687
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Jan-6
Reference Count: 0
Status of Clinicians: Proposed Standard 405(e). The President's Address.
Vernon, David H.
The appropriateness of proposed Standard 405(e), which stipulates employment conditions of full-time clinical (law) faculty members, is considered. This proposal of the Accreditation Committee of the Association of American Law Schools (AALS) would establish job security, economic equality, and a governance voice for clinicians who are not expected to engage in scholarship. The AALS Clinical Committee favors the proposal in view of the relationship of job security to the quality of clinical legal education, the need to make clinical teaching a satisfying long-term career, and the need for academic freedom protection for clinicians. However, a different view, held by the AALS president, is that resolution of issues not directly related to academic freedom (job status, governance, and economic issues) is suitable for determination by individual law schools, and that another arrangement would be totally alien to a reasonable division of authority between the law schools and the American Bar Association. It is suggested that the proposed standard might move some schools to insist on scholarship from all clinicians, which could result in displacing some good clinical teachers. Voluntary review of the status of full-time nonscholar clinicians by schools is advocated. (SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: Association of American Law Schools, Washington, DC.
Note: Paper presented to the Association of American Law Schools (Cincinnati, OH, January 6, 1983).