Sunday, February 7, 2010

Nina Kohn (Syr.) and Ned Spurgeon (McGeorge) on Elder Law teaching and scholarship

Elder Law Teaching and Scholarship: An Empirical Analysis of an Evolving Field

Nina A. Kohn
Syracuse University - College of Law

Edward D. Spurgeon
University of the Pacific (UOP) - McGeorge School of Law

Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 59, No. 3, p. 414, 2010


As the American population ages, the emerging field of elder law stands poised to play an increasingly important role in both legal practice and legal education. Relatively little, however, is known about how elder law is taught in America’s law schools, or about the nature and impact of elder law scholarship. This article fills the void by providing findings from a broad-ranging empirical study of the current state of elder law teaching and scholarship. These findings suggest that elder law is on the threshold of becoming a mainstream part of the American legal academy. They also suggest that, at this critical stage, significant barriers to the field’s development remain. By describing the current state of the field and the challenges it faces, this article paves the way for future efforts to guide and support the field’s growth.

The article is available on SSRN at

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