The NALP Winter Meeting for the Canadian Section was held on Tuesday, November, 30, 2010. Dena Bauman and I delivered a session titled: “Fostering Self-Direction in Law Students Through Experiential Programs”.
The underlying theme for the session was that the learning opportunities created through practical experience (at the schools through volunteer, clinic, intensive and externship opportunities and at the firms through summer, articling and associate positions) can be enhanced when students and lawyers have a clear idea of what is expected in the practice of law.
Dena Bauman (Director, Career Services and Adjunct Professor of Law, University of the District of Columbia David A. Clarke School of Law) began the session by explaining learning plans (aka professional development plans) in the context of externships, how they are implemented at her school, and the results they achieved with them.
I followed up with a presentation on the relevance of the plans for the professional development of lawyers. The powerpoint presentation is attached here: C Morton Presentation NALP Nov 30 2010