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The Global Clinical MovementEducating Lawyers for Social Justice$
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Frank S. Bloch

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780195381146

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195381146.001.0001

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Externships: A Special Focus to Help Understand and Advance Social Justice

Externships: A Special Focus to Help Understand and Advance Social Justice

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The Global Clinical Movement


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This chapter examines the externship model of clinical legal education and argues that law students who apprentice to an experienced practitioner, while simultaneously receiving close support from their law school, can have the best of both worlds: the reflection and learning that is part of an internal clinic and the richness and complexity that comes from working with lawyers whose work encompasses the full varieties of practice. Drawing on examples of programs in different settings and jurisdictions, the chapter shows that students in externships around the world learn substance and skills and, in addition, appreciate the competing demands of serving clients, maintaining a practice, and advancing social justice. It also notes that lawyers who work to advance social justice, whether in government, with NGOs, or in private practice, can involve student externs in meeting the full range of client needs, thereby placing them in a unique position to develop a strong and positive sense of professional identity.

Keywords:   externship, apprenticeship, reflection, practice, skills, social justice, professional identity

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