Law school clinics are inspired by medical school clinical education, but usually operate quite differently from their medical school counterparts. The Clinical Year, which this Article discusses, borrows more completely from medical education by immersing students in a full-year, 24-credit course in which students work full-time in three different law office placements, under the guidance of full-time faculty and of adjunct faculty members at each placement. This Article first outlines how such a course works, and demonstrates that it can be offered under therules that now govern legal education. Then the Article argues that despite the Clinical Year's differences from many in-house clinics, this course has its own distinctive educational value, as an intensive apprenticeship experience that is simultaneously a continuation of academic study.The Clinical year, in short, should become part of legal education's experiential toolkit.
21 Clinical L. Rev. 337 (2014-2015)