From the Margins to the Core: Integrating Public Service Legal Work into the Mainstream of Legal Education
This essay explores some of the questions involved in designing or modifying such a program. After noting confusion that arises by the use of different labels for the programs, the essay focuses on the need to identify goals in designing the program, factors to be considered in choosing particular goals, and the values a school communicates in labeling and designing its program. The next section uses my law school, New England School of Law in Boston, as a case study to illustrate the successes and challenges a school faces in putting together a program. The essay concludes with recommendations regarding whether to limit the program to volunteer work, how to decide what types of placements will be approved, and whether the program should be voluntary or mandatory.