Law Schools: Learning by Doing

The liveliest teaching device in U.S. law schools today is a wholly extracurricular activity: the Law Students Civil Rights Research Council, a 34-campus movement with an impressive record of devotion to constitutional law in action.

The council was founded in 1963 after a handful of Northern law students gave up summer jobs to go south as volunteer clerks for civil rights lawyers.

"When I saw those women and children being knocked down by fire hoses," remembers Philip Hirschkop (George town Law '64), "I knew that I would be in this thing for a long time." By fall, ten summer veterans had banded...