Scaling New Heights: Field Placements and the Reform of Legal Education
The Organizing Committee for Externships 7 invites proposals for the seventh national and international conference on legal externships. The Conference will occur from February 27 – March 2, 2014, hosted by the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, in Denver, Colorado.
The conference focuses on the role of field placements in reforming legal education. The momentum for reform has increased in recent years, spurred by the Carnegie and Best Practices initiatives and changes in the market for new law graduates. The call for “practice-ready” law graduates has come while schools have struggled to define that goal in an era of scarce resources.
At the same time, the number and diversity of field placement programs has expanded rapidly. Externship programs work at the cutting edge of the reform of legal education, offering programmatic and pedagogical pathways to alter how law schools pursue their mission. The Organizing Committee seeks proposals that explore how field placement programs might advance the cause of reform, through distinctive pedagogies, thoughtful design, creative integration into the curriculum and productive relationships with the practicing bar.
We seek proposals from externship clinicians, other clinicians, non-clinical legal educators and administrators, career services professionals, field supervisors, and others with an interest in how field placement clinics might advance legal education reform. We also seek participation from the international community, where field placement programs have played a distinct role in developing clinical education.
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