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ERIC Number: EJ783435
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Jan-11
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
All Rise. Welcome to Law School
Mangan, Katherine
Chronicle of Higher Education, v54 n18 pA10 Jan 2008
This article describes how a New York institution gives its students a hands-on education in courtroom wrangling. Unlike medical students, who work in teaching hospitals and clinics as they learn, most law students don't set foot in a courtroom until their third and final year, when they have the option of participating in legal clinics. The Touro Law Center, a division of Touro College, is one of a growing number of law schools changing that by emphasizing practical skills from Day 1. Touro, which used to be housed in a converted junior high school in nearby Huntington, moved in January to a campus that consists of a new, $35-million building and nearby access to both a state and a federal courthouse. One wing of the school houses the Public Advocacy Center, which offers 14 small, furnished offices free to local nonprofit groups that represent refugees, battered women, and low-income housing residents, among other clients. In exchange, the groups give Touro law students opportunities to hone their skills. From the windows of the law library, students can look out at the 12-story Alfonse M. D'Amato U.S. Courthouse and the John P. Cohalan Jr. Courthouse, which includes New York State's Suffolk County District Court. An electronic bulletin board in the law school keeps them posted on the hot trials they might want to stroll across the campus to watch. During their first semester, small groups of first-year students spend a day in the state courthouse. During their second semester, they head over to the federal complex. Final exams for some upper-level students consist of mock trials played out in front of real judges at the state courthouse.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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