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BC Law School Creates New Post to Oversee Experiential Learning Throughout Curriculum

clinical prof, research scholar paul tremblay named director


NEWTON, Mass. (October 2012)Boston College Law School has announced the appointment of Clinical Professor and Law Fund Research Scholar Paul Tremblay to the newly created position of faculty director of experiential learning, a move that underscores and enhances the Law School's longstanding emphasis on real-world experience for law students.

"The Law School has been a leader in clinical education for many years," said BC Law Dean Vincent Rougeau. "At the same time, we recognize that legal higher education and the legal profession are changing, with a greater emphasis on real-world experience for law students. We want to prepare our graduates for every aspect of the practice of law in our global community. This new position is an effort to enhance our core mission, build upon our strengths, and lead us into an even stronger future."

Paul Tremblay
Paul Tremblay

"I am delighted and honored by this appointment," Tremblay said, as well as "excited about the possibility of increasing and bolstering the experiential learning opportunities available to Boston College Law School students."

Tremblay will be responsible for coordinating experiential learning throughout the curriculum to ensure that every student will have reasonable access to significant opportunities in this area, alongside the critical doctrinal and theoretical training which remains a hallmark of the BC Law School program.

With a director in place, the school intends to strengthen its established and nationally-known in-house clinics, such as its Legal Assistance Bureaua model for other programs across the country since 1968through which students and their advisors represent clients with a variety of legal problems, including domestic violence prevention, family law, landlord-tenant disputes, Social Security disability appeals. They also offer free legal services to small businesses, entrepreneurs, nonprofits, and first-time home buyers through the Community Enterprise Clinic, which Tremblay founded in 2008.

"In this new role, I plan to advocate for more clinical opportunities for students and more externships, including international placements, through creative partnerships with private firms, public interest offices, and government agencies," he said, "as well as coordinate ongoing efforts to include more simulation and practicum components to our high quality, nationally-ranked classroom courses. The establishment of this new position will emphasize not only our continued commitment to clinical and experiential learning, but also to training students who will be ready for the best practice of law, including an appreciation of the interpersonal, moral, and justice-based aspects of lawyering."

A member of the BC Law School faculty since 1982, Tremblay is a leading authority on clinical education, and teaches both clinical courses at BC's Legal Assistance Bureau and classroom courses in legal ethics and professional responsibility.

His areas of interest include professional ethics, interdisciplinary collaboration, and legal services for the poor. He has been a member of the Boston Bar Association Ethics Committee since 1993, and he has served on the Executive Committee of the AALS Section on Professional Responsibility. He has published in several scholarly journals on matters of professional ethics, including articles on lawyers’ obligations with questionably competent clients, on rationing legal services for the poor, and on a method of ethical decision-making known as “casuistry.”  He is a co-author (with David Binder and Paul Bergman of UCLA, and Ian Weinstein of Fordham) of Lawyers as Counselors, a leading textbook used in law school clinics, and is now completing, with Alicia Alvarez of Michigan, a textbook on transactional clinical practice.

Tremblay was the recipient of the 2004 Outstanding Advocate for Clinical Teachers Award from the Clinical Legal Education Association and was awarded the Emil Slizewski Excellence in Teaching Award in 2008.

Prior to his appointment at Boston College Law School, he was a senior attorney at the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles and an instructor at UCLA School of Law.  He has also taught as a visiting lecturer at Harvard Law School.

Office of News and Public Affairs; Nate Kenyon, director of communicaitons, BC Law School.