Traditionally law schools have viewed the study of law as an academic science with the development of theoretical skills and methodology being the objective of a legal education. There are legal educators who believe that a curriculum teaching the traditional model is the school's exclusive role and that the professional skills and values associated with the practice of law are more properly acquired by the emerging lawyer in post-graduation settings. This article discusses how the traditional law school curriculum is changing. Section II lays out the historical perspective of practical legal education, and then Section II discusses how this is beginning to change. Section III goes on to explain further developments needed in the shifting paradigm. Section V highlights the skills and values necessary in the lawyering profession, and Sections VI and VII explain how Intern and Extern clinics were utilized at the Cooley law school to achieve this goal. Section VIII gives an overview of the new law school model as implemented at Cooley, and finally Sections IX and X elaborate on how to successfully install the new externship-type model.
Development of a Criminal Law Clinic: A Blended Approach,
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