Thursday, August 22, 2013
Case Western's Dean talks more about big curricular changes intended to make law students "client-ready"
Following up on my co-blogger Scott Fruehwald's post about big curricular changes at Case Western School of Law, the Lawyerist blog has a nice interview with Dean Lawrence Mitchell in which he talks about the specifics of the new program as well as addressing what if, like Washington & Lee's major curricular reforms, it doesn't produce better employment outcomes for students.
Here's an excerpt:
CWRU’s focus is on making its graduates “client-ready,” a term Dean Mitchell used repeatedly. I asked what students get to do that makes them ready to handle clients.
During the first year, students are supervised by lawyers at pro bono projects in Cleveland (where CWRU is based), mostly doing what sounds like client intake. Well-organized non-profits can make very good use of law students for intake, so this actually seems like a great fit. That’s a lot of students (CWRU’s 2012 class was 154), which means they could do a lot of good.
During the second year, the focus shifts to legal writing (CWRU’s curriculum includes 17 credits of writing-intensive courses) and “leadership training.”
In the third year, students will work full-time as lawyers for at least a semester, either in a clinic or externship.
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Continue reading here.