Monday, May 18, 2020

A Sneaky Peek at CSALE 2019-20: Clinical Law Faculty and Their Courses by Robert R. Kuehn

Here is a sneak peek at the The Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE) tri-annual survey of clinical legal education.

From Robert Kuehn: "As you may know, every three years the Center for the Study of Applied Legal Education (CSALE) conducts a nationwide survey of clinical education programs, courses, and faculty. The first phase of CSALEā€™s 2019-20 Survey, the CSALE Master Survey, was completed in the fall by over 94% of law schools. The second phase, the CSALE Sub-Survey, seeks detailed information from law clinic and externship faculty on their courses and employment status. The blog posting shares some important results from the Master Survey about law school programs and policies and and the status of clinical faculty. CSALE will publish a detailed report on the complete CSALE 2019-20 Survey of Applied Legal Education, its fifth, in late summer."

There is a lot of important information in the "sneak" peak.  Thanks to Bob and his colleagues for doing so much hard work.

Update: I am very bothered by this sentence: "Ten percent of schools simply restructured an existing legal research and writing course to now be considered experiential." While this may satisfy the literal language of standard 303, it does not satisfy its spirit. I hope that site visit committees will take a close look at this practice with the schools they visit and that the Council will consider revising this language to prevent the practice.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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