Community Based Research: Introducing Students to the Lawyer’s Public Citizen Role

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Law faculty teach, produce scholarship, and may engage in legal practice through clinical supervision or pro bono work. This article argues that by engaging students in community based research, law faculty will not only enhance the quality of justice available in their communities, but will also present law students with a good model of the “public citizen” role that all attorneys are called upon to assume. The article then shares my adventure in community based research with my law school’s pro bono program and community partners as an illustration of the pitfalls and promise of community based research.

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