Collaborative Supervision and Mentoring

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My role is to help students develop their judgment as lawyers. Clinic is not only about feedback on writing, research, argument, and other lawyering skills. It is also about learning about what kind of lawyer you want to be.

Jayashri Srikantiah, Director, Immigrants' Rights Clinic

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Learning and Feedback in Clinic

Students in the clinic start by PREPARING–for example, to write a brief, conduct a witness meeting, or argue a case. They often prepare several drafts of briefs or hearing outlines. While preparing, students learn from supervisors, their peers, and their clients. Students then DO: they conduct the hearing, or file the brief. Afterward, they REFLECT: what went as expected, and what were the surprises? Finally, they REVISE: what changes in preparation would they make next time? How can they learn from their experience?

Our priority is mentoring students. We work closely with them so that they can realize their full potential as young lawyers. Throughout, we see ourselves as a supportive coaches.

Lisa Weissman-Ward, Clinical Supervising Attorney, Immigrants' Rights Clinic

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