Spinning Straw into Gold: Exploring the Legacy of Bellow and Moulton

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This article uses the fairy tale Rumpelstiltskin as a metaphor for clinical legal education. Just as Rumpelstiltskin turned straw into gold for the miller's daughter, so, in many ways, clinical teachers turn straw into gold through modern clinical pedagogy. This article considers the role that The Lawyering Process played in the development of modern clinical education and examines the answers developed over the past thirty years to the major questions in clinic design and implementation. These questions include the proper balance between education and service, role definition for clinical teachers, and selection of students.