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Emily Zimmerman Weighs Proposal to Strengthen Legal Education in Talk at Pace Law School

February 20, 2013

Professor Emily Zimmerman presented her paper, “Should Law Professors Have a Continuing Practice Experience Requirement,” as a guest lecturer at Pace Law School on Feb. 13.

The article, which will appear in the Northeastern University Law Journal, explores the concept of requiring law faculty to pursue continuing education that sharpens their skills in legal practice, just as attorneys must fulfill Continuing Legal Education mandates. Citing intense debate about reforms needed in legal educations, the article notes that many law professors enter the teaching profession with limited experience in legal practice.

Zimmerman’s scholarship focuses on assessing strengths and weaknesses in legal pedagogy. Her articles have previously appeared in publications including Rutgers Law Journal and the Seattle University Law Review. She is a former chief of the Civil and Exceptional Litigation Unit for the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office, where she also supervised the Municipal Court Unit and worked as a trial prosecutor.