Louise W. McKinney
Professor Emerita of Law
"Most law students come to law school wanting to "do good and do well." I think that means that they want to be skillful, competent practitioners and they want to do meaningful work that enhances justice and makes the law accessible to all. I am constantly delighted to see law students bring those core values to their education and careers, whether the legal education and practice is in Cleveland or in Africa (where I have also taught)."The law clinics at CWRU, while covering several areas of law and practice, provide an extraordinary opportunity for students to "do good and do well." They learn how to be competent, just, accessible practitioners as they actually practice law under faculty supervision.
A Chinese proverb says that "I hear and I forget; I see and I remember; I do and I understand." In the clinics and in the CaseArc curriculum the students are constantly "learning by doing." The CaseArc curriculum gives the students the opportunities to lean by doing in simulated situations. The clinics provide experiences that are unmatched in the law curriculum or after graduation. In the clinics students get strong educational support, as they apply their core values and learn lawyering skills in real client situations.