Making Law School Affordable for Child Advocates

Publication: New York Law Journal

Author: Andrew Schepard and Theo Liebmann

01/18/2006 - "This first column of 2006 continues the examination of the education of future family lawyers begun in the November 2005 column (New York Law Journal, “The Family Law Education Reform Project,” at p. 3). That column discussed FLER, which seeks to close the gap in law school family law education between practice and the classroom.This column focuses not on what is taught in the law school family law classroom, but rather who gets into it. Its subject is the barriers that the cost of legal education creates for child advocates and what might be done to ease them.

The column summarizes the first empirical survey of the problem, conducted by the Children’s Law Center of Los Angeles (CLC), a nonprofit organization that represents abused and neglected children in the Los Angeles dependency court system.1 It then highlights efforts by law schools(including our own, which has created a Child and Family Advocacy Fellowship Program) to ease the financial burden that law school creates for future child advocates. Finally, it describes the recommendation of the Pew Commission on Children in Foster Care and the American Bar Association for legislatures to enact a loan forgiveness program to make law school more affordable for public service lawyers like child advocates."

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