I actually don’t think we need a major reconfiguration. Clinics are extremely expensive. Extern programs are very often problematic. I would be satisfied if each and every law school teacher would include practice components in every course taught with the possible exception of con law. Every legal principle discussed should be followed with a discussion of how the principle is implemented in the real world. In addition, there should be an advanced course in the curriculum that focuses on practice aspects for each substantive discipline. Finally, I think recruitment committees and faculties as a whole should be reeducated to value practice in the candidate pool and the willingness of candidates to not only teach practice but to get involved in school service that exposes students to practice and helps students make career choices.
Written by Leonard L. Cavise, Professor of Law Director, Center for Public Interest Law DePaul College of Law