Law schools strive to teach students to be practice ready. That noble goal, however, is not enough. Because of the powerful role that lawyers play in society, educators must also teach students to be “justice ready.” Justice ready graduates are able to recognize injustice and appropriately evaluate the consequences of their actions in a way that mere practice readiness does not teach. The traditional law school curriculum fails to teach justice readiness, instead inculcating in students a penchant for the status quo—an unjust and unchanging social order. Clinical education is the solution for creating justice ready graduates. Its use of Transformative Learning Theory allows students to learn about justice through experience and creates a long-lasting understanding of the lawyer’s role in society.
Jane H. Aiken,
The Clinical Mission of Justice Readiness,
B.C.J.L. & Soc. Just.