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Theory And Practice In Legal Education: An Essay On Clinical Legal Education, Mark Spiegel Jan 1987

Theory And Practice In Legal Education: An Essay On Clinical Legal Education, Mark Spiegel

Mark Spiegel

In this Article, the author argues that where clinical education fits within the law school curriculum does not have to be viewed as simply a question of whether more skills training is needed to balance the theory of the traditional curriculum. The author posits that stating the question this way obscures the choices already made, as most types of legal education have elements of both theory and practice. However, how the terms “theory” and “practice” are defined strongly influences how various aspects of legal education are perceived. Therefore, the way we view clinical education depends as much upon the viewpoint ...