October 27, 2006
Innovative law school clinics
I had the great fortune this year to be asked to cover one of Ohio State's most innovative clinics, our Legislation Clinic. (The Clinic Director, Professor Steve Huefner, this term is spending extra time on the many innovative projects being done by our Election Law team.)
As explained briefly here and detailed fully here, OSU's Legislation Clinic "provides a front-row view of the legislative process in the Buckeye State as students work directly with legislative leaders and their staffs on matters pending or anticipated to arise before the Ohio House and Senate." I have been having an extraordinary experience with the Legislation Clinic this fall not only because of its interesting topics during an election season, but also because I enjoy the close student-faculty contact that the clinic fosters and because I have the pleasure of co-teaching with a superstar clinical professor, Terri Enns.
I have heard that a few other schools have some legislatively-oriented clinical offerings, but I am pretty sure the structure of OSU's Legislation Clinic is one-of-a-kind. And, in this context, my experiences leads me to a request:
I would like readers to note — and assess or promote or even propose — unique clinical programs at law schools.
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Boston University School of Law has 2 legislative drafting clinics; one focuses on state legislative change (MA and RI) and the other on intellectual property policy proposals. The state legislative clinic has been in existence for more than 20 years.
Southern University Law Center (LA) has a legislative drafting & policymaking clinic in which students draft legislation and attendant research reports for local and state legislators. They have had a number of projects related to post-Katrina problems.
Posted by: bubebe | Nov 5, 2006 1:12:26 AM
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