A Conscious Institutional Strategy for Expanding Experiential Education
Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World
Deborah Maranville, Lisa Radtke Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas, & Antoinette Sedillo Lopez
Contribution to Book
As law schools seek to better prepare students for the profession, they are searching for opportunities to expose students to practical learning opportunities during the entire course of their legal education by incorporating experiential education throughout the curriculum.
Numerous measures can be part of a conscious institutional strategy to promote experiential education. These include: Hiring faculty with significant law practice experience or education in teaching methods; Recognizing the scholarship of teaching for tenure purposes; Providing incentives to promote experiential education, such as offering teaching innovation grants to faculty to encourage the creation of new curriculum structures or the incorporation of experiential exercises into course; Supporting faculty attendance at teaching conferences, and holding regular in-house faculty teaching workshops that feature experiential education and sharing ideas for integrating theory, doctrine, and practice; Encouraging doctrinally-focused faculty, especially those who do not have significant practice experience, to collaborate with either clinical faculty or local practitioners to co-create and co-teach courses with experiential components; Appointing an Associate Dean or Director of Experiential Learning.
This section of the book Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Lexis 2015) discusses these strategies, with an emphasis on considerations for appointing someone to lead this effort.
Lisa Radtke Bliss & Deborah Maranville, A Conscious Institutional Strategy for Expanding Experiential Education, in Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Deborah Maranville, et al., eds., 2015).
Institutional Repository Citation
Bliss, Lisa Radtke and Maranville, Deborah, "A Conscious Institutional Strategy for Expanding Experiential Education" (2015). Faculty Publications By Year. 2071.