PARTNERING WITH THE LOCAL BAR TO DEVELOP HYBRID FIELD CLINIC COURSES

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Saturday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

PARTNERING WITH THE LOCAL BAR TO DEVELOP HYBRID FIELD CLINIC COURSES, Room LB 11

Karen A. Jordan, University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law

Carole O. Heyward, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

One way to enhance the experience of externship courses is to convert them into quality hybrid field placement-clinic courses. This presentation explores issues related to developing hybrid courses, including innovative hybrids for law schools with limited resources – namely, clinical courses that rely heavily on teaching and assessment by supervisors in the field. It will assess how to create educational experiences comparable to law clinics, while motivating field supervisors to embrace a more demanding educational role and to use effective clinical teaching strategies. The discussion will address ABA accreditation standards as well as best practices for hybrid courses. It will identify expectations for teaching and supervision, steps to garner support with a law school and the legal community, methods to train field supervisors, oversight by law schools of the hybrid experience, and ways to find and develop successful partners.

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