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41 U. Balt. L. Rev. 441 (2011-2012)


This article documents the types of misconduct that students commit, explores why serious misconduct occurs, examines whether such conduct can be anticipated and reduced by prescreening and monitoring potentially problematic students, and suggests how misconduct might be addressed once it occurs. The authors' analysis thus encompasses both legal obligations and pedagogical considerations, and it takes account of the differing perspectives of clinical professors, law school administrators, and bar examiners. The authors operate from a "student centered" perspective that emphasizes the support and development of law students. This article is prescriptive, therefore, in the extent to which it emphasizes preventive actions and constructive responses. The purpose of this article is not to prescribe how a clinical professor should deal with any particular instance of misconduct, but rather to empower clinical professors to deal thoughtfully with such situations by providing them with helpful information and an analytic framework.



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