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Schools Tout Clinics For Real-World Legal Experience

Publication Date: 
March 19, 2007
The Recorder
Petra Pasternak

This article states how important clinical education in law schools has become. Dean Kramer is mentioned and Professor and Associate Dean of Clinical Education Marshall is quoted:

Clinical program director Lawrence Marshall said the school is seeking to raise $30 million to enhance its endowment to help finance five of the existing clinics.

"It won't cover the entire budget for the clinical program but will be a base for our annual fund raising," he said.

"We want to make up for lost time," Marshall said. "We want to build this into a law school that is a destination for students who are committed to clinical education and public service, and we want to, hopefully, be a model to other law schools."

If clinical enrollment figures can be a guide, the efforts seem to be paying off. When Marshall joined Stanford Law three years ago, the school offered about 100 clinical openings per year to second- and third-year students. Today, the school offers around 185. According to Marshall, 91 students signed up for a clinical program this academic year, some for more than one. "There were times when the number was more like 20, if you go back 10 years," he said.