Event Title

Using ‘broad strokes’ to paint more meaningful discussion in the externship classroom: creating unique opportunities for students to engage with issues of professional and personal identity

Location

Hirsch Hall, Room A

Start Date

10-3-2018 10:15 AM

End Date

10-3-2018 11:30 AM

Description

The externship classroom presents a unique opportunity for students to identify, examine, and engage with issues of professional and personal identity and responsibility that receive significant lip service but limited meaningful attention in the rest of the law school curriculum. Examples of these issues include: the tension between the organization/funding of the legal profession and the promise of equal justice; the role of attorneys in an increasingly polarized society; and the search for personal meaning and fulfillment in a legal career (I actually had a student say “I know it’s cheesy but I came to law school because I care about justice"…at that moment, I knew we have failed as a law school). The panel will identify these issues and explore how to use externship classroom exercises to engage students in a meaningful and transformative reflection(s). The panelists will share specific exercises, as well as personal stories about their own teaching experiences with time to engage the audience for more ideas.  A portion of the time will be dedicated to simulating a classroom experience.

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Mar 10th, 10:15 AM Mar 10th, 11:30 AM

Using ‘broad strokes’ to paint more meaningful discussion in the externship classroom: creating unique opportunities for students to engage with issues of professional and personal identity

Hirsch Hall, Room A

The externship classroom presents a unique opportunity for students to identify, examine, and engage with issues of professional and personal identity and responsibility that receive significant lip service but limited meaningful attention in the rest of the law school curriculum. Examples of these issues include: the tension between the organization/funding of the legal profession and the promise of equal justice; the role of attorneys in an increasingly polarized society; and the search for personal meaning and fulfillment in a legal career (I actually had a student say “I know it’s cheesy but I came to law school because I care about justice"…at that moment, I knew we have failed as a law school). The panel will identify these issues and explore how to use externship classroom exercises to engage students in a meaningful and transformative reflection(s). The panelists will share specific exercises, as well as personal stories about their own teaching experiences with time to engage the audience for more ideas.  A portion of the time will be dedicated to simulating a classroom experience.