This article explores the position of associate dean of experiential education in law schools across the country and the central role associate deans play in the changing landscape of legal education. Experiential deans have broad responsibility for overseeing law schools’ experiential education programs. Additional responsibilities differ between institutions, but range from leading efforts to comply with new ABA standards to overseeing the integration of experiential education into the broader curriculum. Analyzing survey data collected from associate experiential deans across the country, the authors find the structure, content, and authority of the position is under-developed. The authors make recommendations on how institutions can carve out the role intentionally and provide institutional support to increase the efficacy of the position.
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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2017-86; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-86
Barry, Margaret Martin and Dinerstein, Robert and Goldfarb, Phyllis and Maisel, Peggy and Morton, Linda, Exploring the Meaning of Experiential Deaning (November 30, 2017). Journal of Legal Education, Forthcoming; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2017-86; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2017-86. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3080563