Friday, March 15, 2013
New legal "skills" scholarship: "Learning to work together: how collaborative clinical education can be used to train law and paralegal students together"
This article is by Professor Kate Crowley (Charlotte) and is available at 14 T.M. Cooley J. Prac. & Clin. L. 129 (2012). Here is the synopsis:
Even though they may work together for most of their careers, lawyers and paralegals often have no introduction to the other's profession until beginning their careers. Through collaborative clinical education, law students and paralegal students can be taught and trained together, giving them an introduction to-and understanding of-the work the other does well before entering the working world. Borrowing from educational models in medicine, law schools could integrate paralegal students into existing clinics, subject to certain rules and prerequisites.