THE NEED FOR A UNIVERSAL MANDATORY EXPERIENTIAL METHODOLOGY TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN THE 21ST CENTURY(2019)
Legal education has undergone significant changes from the apprenticeship system of the eighteenth century to the more formalized legal education of today. While most of these changes have been beneficial, practical real world education and skills are missing from most students’ legal education. Experiential legal education programs, which are available at virtually all law schools, in some form, is an excellent way to bridge the gap between the skills taught in the classroom environment and the skills required to be a successful attorney practitioner. For example, clinical education provides students with real legal skills that are considered valuable by many employers. Even though experiential education programs are extremely beneficial to students, employers, and the community, the benefits provided by experiential education can be increased by making them mandatory and modifying the experiential programs. This paper explores the need for mandatory experiential programs and their impact on modern legal education. Specifically, this article explores the vital role that clinics and other practical skills programs play in legal education.
Citation InformationJ. Damian Ortiz. "THE NEED FOR A UNIVERSAL MANDATORY EXPERIENTIAL METHODOLOGY TO PREPARE STUDENTS FOR THE PRACTICE OF LAW IN THE 21ST CENTURY" (2019)
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