38 J. Legal Educ. 369 (1988)
Lawyering and Public Policy

handle is hein.journals/jled38 and id is 381 raw text is: Lawyering and Public Policy
Harold A. McDougall
In current law school usage, a program that teaches lawyering uses
clinical teaching methods to prepare students for law practice and insure
their appreciation of the lawyer's role in society. The Clinical Program in
Law and Public Policy at the Catholic University of America (LPP program)
is an experiment that combines lawyering educational techniques, clinical
externships, and academic study of the role of law in the formation of
public policy in the nation's capital.' The LPP program places equal
emphasis on the role of the public policy lawyer at work and on the role
of public law in society at large.
I. Background
A. Program Overview
Students in LPP examine the interaction of judicial, legislative, and
regulatory activity as law and policy are made in Washington, D.C.
Participants study the law and public-policy process in classrooms, semi-
nars, tutorials, and field externships.2 The goals of the program are to
expose law students to the actual practice of public law, to enable them to
assume and discharge the responsibilities of public lawyering tasks, and to
encourage them to generalize appropriately about the practice of public-
policy law3 and the role of the public-policy lawyer.
Harold A. McDougall is Associate Professor of Law and Director, Clinical Program in Law and
Public Policy, Columbus School of Law, Catholic University of America. The author owes
inspiration for the lawyering model to Howard Lesnick and Jack Himmelstein, and other
former colleagues at CUNY Law School, and for the LPP concept to Bill Kaplin and the
Catholic Law School Task Force on a Clinical program in Law and Public Policy. He also
wishes to thank Leroy Clark, Robert Condlin, Bill Kaplin, Lisa Lerman, Phillip Schrag, and
Leah Wortham for useful criticism and comments.
1. The LPP Program differs from most current models of lawyering education in that
students are prepared for lawyering in legislative and administrative forums as well as
2. The program also shares its insights with a larger audience by sponsoring public forums
each semester on current topics in public-policy law. The LPP forums are designed to
introduce the program to first-year students, to provide the law school community with
commentary on current topics in public policy, and to provide a meeting ground for LPP
attorney-supervisors, law school students, and law faculty.
3. Public policy law includes law in government service and in public-interest practice.
Public interest practice has been defined as providing legal services at a substantially
reduced or no fee in the areas of poverty law, civil rights law, representation of
charitable organizations, and efforts toward improving the justice system. ABA Special
Committee on Public Interest Practice, recommendations (August, 1975), 101 Annual
Report of ABA 935, 935-36 (1976).

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