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In This Training Ground, Students Find Experience is the Best Teacher
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student with Douglas Frenkel
A Penn Law student mediates an employment case with guidance from Douglas Frenkel L’72, director of clinical programs.
These days, there are hundreds of alumni who have similarly profited. This year, up to 160 students enrolled in the program, or at least five times more than 30 years ago. The clinical faculty has increased, too, with six professors and supervisors. Most important, the Law School runs an ever-expanding number of clinics in addition to Child Advocacy: Civil Practice (which Schair took as well), Mediation, Legislative, Entrepreneurship Legal, and Criminal Defense, with one more starting in the fall, Transnational, which will focus on cross-cultural and international issues. Supplementing the curriculum is Lawyering in the Public Interest, a classroom course in which students reflect on challenges of representing low-income and disadvantaged clients.

In the early 1970s, students were drawn to activism. Out of this civic engagement grew an experiment: students were sent to prisons to represent convicts in civil rights cases. Back then, students used Community Legal Services’ offices for their research. It was, by today’s standards, very ad hoc. The official start-up of the in-house clinic came in the 1976–77 academic year, when the program went by the name of the Penn Legal Assistance Office.
 
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