Clinical Education at UC Hastings – New Course Proposals
UC Hastings has a strong commitment to preparing students for practice; our clinics are at the core of this goal. We appreciate your interest in helping us to understand the demands of modern legal practice and in developing experiential learning opportunities designed to prepare practice ready lawyers for the 21st century.
Our clinical offerings cover a wide array of substantive law and practice settings. We currently have 13 clinics, a Startup Legal Garage, and the largest externship program in the Greater Bay Area; for a complete list, please see: http://www.uchastings.edu/academics/clinical-programs/index.php. Clinics provide students opportunities to gain experience in transactional, policy, ADR, and litigation settings while working with individual clients, community groups, businesses, and non-profit or governmental organizations. In each Clinic, there is a clear pedagogical focus on the skills, mindsets, and knowledge bases students need to effectively assume the particular lawyering role. Clinic students not only deepen their understanding and apply substantive law in context but also explore professional role identity and ethical issues unique to the setting.
Consistent with the implementation of the Strategic Plan, we recently launched new opportunities: the Medical Legal Partnership for Seniors, the Startup Legal Garage, and the Social Enterprise & Economic Empowerment Clinic. All clinics, like other aspects of the curriculum, are submitted to the faculty for approval. Each of the new clinics was in development for over a year in consultation with our Clinical Curriculum Committee and was subject to approval by the Curriculum Committee and the full faculty. New clinic curricula, as well as new faculty, must be reviewed and approved by the faculty. Given the level of supervision and support provided to clinic students, these positions are full-time and reflect a significant investment of institutional resources.
In the development of new clinical courses, we consider such factors as:
We are also mindful of the standards set by the American Bar Association, which accredits law schools, and the American Association of Law Schools, the main law school membership organization nationally.
We greatly benefit from the expertise of talented members of the bench and bar, many of them our alumni, and we sincerely appreciate your interest in participating in the life of the law school. In light of our recent expansion, we are not contemplating immediate additions to our clinical offerings. Please keep in touch and let us know about other ideas you may have.