Supreme Court clinics
In 2004, Stanford Law School created the first Supreme Court litigation clinic, allowing students to work with experienced Supreme Court practitioners on actual cases before the Court. Since then, a number of other schools have created similar clinics. The clinics have garnered praise for increasing the quality of representation for less affluent parties and leveling the playing field in a range of important areas. At the same time, some have criticized the clinics for inadvisedly taking up cases to the Court despite a significant risk of losing on the merits and creating bad law. In today’s Community topic, we discuss the pros and cons of Supreme Court litigation clinics as well as ideas about how such clinics should select cases and represent their clients.
Disclosure: The author of this post is an instructor in two Supreme Court litigation clinics, and several of the other regular contributors to the blog also play similar roles in Supreme Court Litigation clinics.