University of Denver

CLEA Comment & Proposal to Require 15 Credits in Experiential Courses

This document was used as part of the "How Can Law School Accreditation and Bar Admissions Standards Facilitate Innovation in Legal Education?" session at the 2nd Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, entitled Connecting the Academy and the Profession. Published by the Clinical Legal Education Association (CLEA), it requests that the American Bar Association adopt an accreditation standard that requires every law student to complete at least 15 semester credit hours after the first year of law school in practice-based, experiential courses, such as law clinics, field placements, or skills simulation courses, with at least one course in a law clinic or externship.

Clinical Legal Education Association is an association of more than 1,000 law teachers that exists to advocate for clinical legal education as fundamental to the education of lawyers.