Law school clinics across the country serve the important double role of providing law students with vital practical legal experience while at the same time fulfilling the needs of low-income individuals for legal representation. Law school clinics across the country have recently come under fire in the form of lawsuits, threats to withdraw funding, legislative reform, and publicity assaults in the media. While the news of clinic appointments went out this week to students at BC Law School, other law schools may be cutting back on their clinical programs because of mounting pressure from state legislators and large businesses.
The bulk of complaints against these law school clinics allege that clinics at public universities are using state funds to pursue private interests. In some cases, clinics funded by state taxpayer money have brought legal action against state agencies and other quasi-government entities.Read more