Friday, November 2, 2018

Creative Initiatives at U.S. Law Schools

Although this Report is from 2014, it still tells us a great deal about innovative programs at American law schools.

Creative Initiatives at U.S. Law Schools By Christine N. Cimini (University of Washington - School of Law), Roberto L. Corrada (University of Denver - Sturm College of Law), Myra Berman (Touro College - Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center), Christine E Cerniglia (Stetson University - College of Law), Katherine R. Kruse (Mitchell Hamline School of Law.

"Creative initiatives and programs that address problems in legal education are underway at many law schools. Some are entirely new in design and aim, running the gamut from full programs to individual innovative courses. Other initiatives build on or give new direction to existing programs, such as clinics and externships. Others are designed to address the costs and time commitment associated with a traditional three-year JD. The breadth and variety of these many efforts signal that law schools hear, take seriously, and are responding to criticisms being leveled at legal education. This report begins the process of identifying and cataloging creative programmatic initiatives in law schools. It organizes the efforts into seven categories: — requirements or guarantees of experiential education opportunities — simulation/observation courses; — structured experiential programs; — the establishment of Deans/Directors/Chairs and/or Centers/Programs focused on experiential education; — pro bono and public interest initiatives with experiential components; — post-graduation innovations; and — multi-disciplinary approaches.The authors, from five different law schools, were the Working Group on Creative Initiatives of the Alliance for Experiential Learning in Law. The reports of six working groups — including this one — were presented at the Second National Symposium on Experiential Education in Law;, held at Elon University School of Law, June 13-15, 2014."

(Scott Fruehwald)

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