Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Brian Leiter has written on Brian Leiter's Law School Reports:
"A previously moribund proposal to require 15 hours of clinical work has now come back to life, thanks to advocacy by (guess who?) clinical faculty. Students who want to do 15 or 30 hours of clinical work should be able to do it; but why in God's name would one require it of everyone, without any regard for that student's ambitions or plans? It makes no sense."
Professor Leiter has seriously misrepresented the proposal.
Actually, the proposal is to require 15 hours of clinics, simulations, or externships. This is very different from how Professor Leiter represents the proposal. Under the proposal, law schools do not have to offer any clinics. Rather, clinics are just one of three alternatives.
This is yet another example of how opponents of legal education reform are using exaggeration to try to prevent reform.
P.S. As I wrote last summer, I strongly support this proposal.