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ERIC Number: ED262681
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1985-Apr-4
Pages: 12
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Tensions Produced by Introduction of Clinical Training in Legal Education.
Hines, N. William
The addition of a clinical component to formal legal education is discussed, along with a proposal to upgrade the status of clinical faculty. Attention is directed to the history of efforts by the practicing bar to influence the scope and methods of legal education, the controversy over a proposed equality-of-treatment standard, and the future of clinical education in law. Clinical training programs proliferated in the 1970s, and most law schools now offer students the opportunity to apply their theoretical learning to clients' legal problems. This "hands on" experience is closely supervised by seasoned practitioners. In the mid-1980s, law lost its popularity as a career choice and increasing numbers of clinical teachers were denied tenure for failing to publish sufficient scholarly research. The practicing bar became alarmed that significant disparity in the treatment of clinical teachers might result in an inferior status for skills-training programs. Acting through the American Bar Association, the accrediting agency for law schools, the practicing bar sought in 1984 to adopt a new accreditation standard (405e) that would compel law schools to treat clinical teachers in a manner reasonably similar to tenure-track faculty in regard to job security and prerequisites. (Author/SW)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
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