Clinical Professor of Law
Carol Wallinger
Rutgers Law School
217 N 5th St
Camden, NJ 08102

Carol Wallinger is an expert in Workers Compensation, insurance, estate planning and elder law and teaches legal writing to first-year and upper-level students. She worked as an attorney in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey and is a founding member of the board of directors of the American Association of Law Schools “Balance in Legal Education” section.

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Carol L. Wallinger joined the Rutgers-Camden Law faculty in 2001, and since then has taught legal writing to both first-year and upper-level law students. She also has taught Workers' Compensation Law. Before joining the faculty, she taught Legal Writing at Temple University.

Professor Wallinger earned a B.S. in Nursing from Rutgers-Newark, cum laude, and a J.D. and Estate Planning Certificate from Temple University School of Law. Between 1989 and 2001, Professor Wallinger practiced law, representing both employees and employers in Pennsylvania and New Jersey workers' compensation and insurance defense matters. She also practiced Social Security, Estate Planning and Elder Law.

Professor Wallinger’s research focuses on applying self-determination theory, an empirically-validated psychology theory, to reimagine the law school curriculum. Self-determination theory has proven that in order for humans to be motivated, and be successful, they should regularly experience autonomy, competence and relatedness to others. Preliminary research by Sheldon and Krieger has shown that providing law students with autonomy support increases their adoption of professional values, and their academic performance, including performance on the bar exam. However, few law schools have implemented this research. Professor Wallinger’s work concentrates on disseminating information about self-determination theory, and on developing autonomy support techniques specifically designed for the law school curriculum. In 2007, her research won a competitive scholarship from the Association of Legal Writing Directors.

On the national level, in 2007 Professor Wallinger was a founding member of the board of directors of the American Association of Law Schools' new "Balance in Legal Education" section. She also is the national chairperson of the Idea Bank Committee for the Legal Writing Institute, an organization whose members include law professors, judges and practitioners. Rutgers-Camden is now the home of this national teaching database.


Autonomy Support 101: How Using Proven Autonomy Support Techniques Can Increase Law Student Autonomy, Engender Hope, and Improve Outcomes, 48 Duquesne Law Review 383, Spring 2010.

Moving From First to Final Draft: An Empirical Look at Offering Autonomy Supportive Choices to Motivate Students to Internalize the Writing Process, 54 Loyola Law Review 820 (2008).

March 2004 - Pennsylvania Bar Institute Legal Editor, Subject Matter Index, of the 450-page March 2004 edition of Pennsylvania Workers' Compensation Practice and Procedure.

July 2003 - The Second Draft, Our Teaching Assistants Set Us Apart, Vol. 17, No. 2.

2002 and 1988 - Lawyers and Alcoholism: Is It Time for a New Approach? 61 Temp. L.Rev. 1409 (1988) with Michael A. Bloom. Republished in Richard A. Zitrin, Carol M. Langford, Legal Ethics in the Practice of Law, (2d. ed., Lexis 2002).


June 2010 - 14th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Marco Island, Florida.

December 2009 - Colonial Frontier Legal Writing Conference, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

September 2009 - Legal Education at the Crossroads: Conference on Student Assessment, University of Denver Sturm College of Law, Denver Colorado.

July 2009 - Applied Storytelling Conference, Lewis and Clark Law School, Portland Oregon.

July 2008 - 13th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana.

October 2007 - Humanizing Legal Education Conference, Topeka Kansas.

March 2007 - Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Las Vegas, Nevada.

June 2006 - 12th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Atlanta, Georgia (Presentation plus Program Committee).

March 2006 - Rocky Mountain Legal Writing Conference, Phoenix, Arizona.

June 2005 - Legal Writing Institute Writer's Workshop, Wisconsin.

July 2004 - 11th Biennial Conference of the Legal Writing Institute, Seattle, Washington.

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