Taking the Next Steps in the Development of Irish Clinical ...

Taking the Next Steps in the Development of Irish Clinical ...

Clinic in an Era of Crisis for Legal Education Lawrence Donnelly Lecturer & Director of Clinical Legal Education School of Law National University of Ireland, Galway [email protected] International Journal of Clinical Legal Education Annual Conference Olomouc, Czech Republic July 2014 The Crisis in a (probably over dramatic) Nutshell Legal education is a broken, failed, even corrupt enterprise. It

exalts and enriches law professors at the expense of lawyers, the legal profession, and most of all the students whose tuition dollars finance the entire scheme. James Chen, Dean of the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law The Emerging Media Consensus Forbes: Why Attending Law School is the Worst Career Decision Youll Ever Make New York Times: Legal Education Reform

The Economist: Reforming Americas Legal Education: The Two-Year Itch Boston Globe: Waning Ranks at Law Schools Failing Law Schools Professor Brian Tamanaha of Washington University School of Law; a highly regarded scholar a seminal work that cannot readily be dismissed has, to a large extent, dominated discourse in the American legal academy since its publication in 2012

an interesting (familiar?) anecdote Four Parts Temptations of Self-Regulation: ABA capitulation; is 3 years necessary?; academic vs. vocational About Law Professors: teaching loads down, salaries up; performance?; what is the appropriate role of scholarship? US News Ranking Effect: law schools gaming the system or outright lying? Broken Economic Model: ever-rising tuitions and value for money

Failing Law Schools on Clinic Tamanaha is broadly supportive of clinic as a component of legal education, but. . . CLEA comes in for criticism: 1) it wrongly intimates that law schools produce incompetent lawyers; 2) clinicians fundamentally want the same protections as their academic professor colleagues also, clinical programme costs(!) and clinical scholarship(?) (Ir)relevance for Clinic in Europe Part 1: What Crisis? money, money, money!

undergraduate discipline in Europe diversity of career paths for graduates Rolls Royce vs. doing more with less differing models of clinic multi-lingual, well travelled European law graduates (Ir)relevance for Clinic in Europe Part 2: Different/Similar Challenges money, money, money! changes to university structures, loss of law school autonomy, demands on academics time: whither clinic?

the daunting task of innovating on a continual basis and the dangers of standing still a very different type of student: the millennials the globalised, changing nature of law practice the current paucity of opportunities and an uncertain future for traditional legal careers Final Thoughts on European Clinical Legal Education in 2014 clear points of transatlantic convergence and divergence in legal education generally and in clinic specifically What should we as clinicians be about without

borders? the pursuit of disorienting moments for our students and ourselves confronting disorienting moments that do not conform to the students pre-existing understanding of life experience, how the world operates and how people behave. Bibliography

Emily Benfer and Colleen Shanahan, Educating the Invincibles: Strategies for Teaching the Millennial Generation in Law School 20 Clinical Law Review 1 (2013). Frank Bloch (Ed), The Global Clinical Movement: Educating Lawyers for Social Justice (Oxford University Press 2010). Lawrence Donnelly, Developing Irish Clinical Legal Education in (Thomas Mohr and Jennifer Schweppe Eds) Thirty Years of Irish Legal Scholarship 359 (Round Hall 2011).

Lawrence Donnelly, Clinical Legal Education in Ireland: Some Transatlantic Musings 4 Phoenix Law Review 7 (2010). Fran Quigley, Seizing the Disorienting Moment: Adult Learning Theory and the Teaching of Social Justice in Law School Clinics 2 Clinical Law Review 37 (1995). Brian Tamanaha, Failing Law Schools (University of Chicago Press 2012). Richard Wilson, Training for Justice: The Global Reach of Clinical Legal Education 22 Penn. State International Law Review 421 (2004).

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