Regardless of practice area, we all must face the reality that our own perspectives
and skill sets—while valuable—bring with them certain limits that impact both our teaching and our lawyering. Adding other perspectives and skill sets to our practice settings is one way to move beyond these limits.
In this brief article, I provide reflections on the challenges and rewards of adding a Masters of Social Work practicum student (“MSW student”) to our transactional clinic team. The following description provides an overview of three ways the MSW student added value to the Entrepreneurship and Community Development Clinic at St. Louis University School of Law (“ECD Clinic”) and highlights some practical lessons I learned that may be useful for those trying a similar initiative in their own transactional clinics.
Malkus, Dana, Value Added: Utilizing the MSW Perspective. Clinical Legal Education Association Newsletter, Winter 2016-17 (Volume 24, Issue 2), at 8-10, Saint Louis U. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2016-25.