Professor of Law
Director, Lawyering Skills Center
Codirector, Elder Law Clinic
As a clinical professor, Lawrence M. Grosberg spends most of his time working with aspiring lawyers to develop the skills they will need to be effective and humane practitioners in a changing the world.
Professor Grosberg, director of New York Law School’s
Lawyering Skills Center, believes law schools need to continue to
experiment with new methods of teaching and examining students to
“better reflect what they do in practice.” His scholarship has
focused on how law schools might improve their clinical instruction and, in
turn, how the bar admission process might better evaluate an
applicant’s competence to practice law. To that end, he recently
completed a three-year term as chair of the Committee on Legal Education
and Admission to the Bar of The New York City Bar Association.
“New York Law School is supportive of innovative
clinical methods, where students learn how to interact with clients and
lawyers and how to conduct themselves in the courtroom,” he says
giving as a prime example, the first-year use of actors to portray clients
who then provide written feedback to students on their client interviews.
“The Law School’s extensive use of this standardized client
teaching method is unique in legal education,” Professor Grosberg
Professor Grosberg has taught Civil Procedure
and Complex Litigation and most of the Law School’s clinical and
skills classes, including the Civil and Human Rights Clinic; Negotiating,
Counseling and Interviewing; Trial Advocacy; Alternative Dispute
Resolution; the Externship Course; the first-year course, Lawyering; the
Mediation Clinic; and the Elder Law Clinic.
joining New York Law School in 1983, Professor Grosberg taught a Housing
Discrimination Clinic at Columbia Law School. Prior to that, he ran a
legal services office in Manhattan and was an associate at Spear &
Hill. He has litigated individual and class actions in the areas of
employment and housing discrimination law in federal and state courts. He
received a J.D. from Columbia Law School, where he was an editor on the
Journal of Transnational Law, and a B.A. cume laude with the Order of the
Palm from the University of Southern California.
has published articles and given lectures on civil procedure, clinical
teaching, and bar examinations. He has been a consultant to the California
Committee of Bar Examiners and the National Conference of Bar Examiners and
was a member of the Executive Committee of the New York Lawyers for the
Public Interest. He was a member of the Clinical Skills Committee of the
ABA Section on Legal Education and the AALS Committee on Bar Admissions
and Lawyering Performance.
His interest in clinical
education has prompted him to promote it through lectures and teaching in
Poland, Scotland, Nicaragua, Jordan, Qatar, and Russia, where he spent
three months as the clinical legal education specialist for the American
Bar Association Central and East European Law Initiative (CEELI). Most
recently he conducted a clinical education workshop for the faculty at the
University of Barcelona Law School.
has reached out to the local community through New York Law School’s
Law in TriBeCa Program in a venture that made mediation services available
to TriBeCa neighborhood and Lower Manhattan co-ops and condominiums.
“It was a way to get connected with our neighbors,” he
Originally from Detroit, Professor Grosberg now
lives in Manhattan and considers himself a tried and true New Yorker.
“I love this city. I love working here, walking through it, and
simply being here,” he says.
University of Southern California, B.A. 1965 cum laude, Order of the Palm; Columbia, J.D. 1969 (Journal of Transnational Law, Editor).
Expert on clinical legal education and bar admission.