Charlotte Alexander, “Learning to be Lawyers: Professional Identity and the Law School Curriculum” (accepted for publication at Maryland Law Review)
Interesting article that describes an experiential education course at Georgia State University College of Law. The course provides for some orientation and training on the practice of law (interview skills etc), and a 7 week placement in a solo practice or small firm. Students first interviewed the lawyer, and then observed the lawyer at work (client interviews, attendance in court, networking events, etc.) and wrote a report on the experience. The field work component:
served a purpose internal to the course: it required the students themselves to begin to identify which skills, practice management tools, and ethical decision-making abilities they would need upon graduation, thereby providing the raw material from which the rest of the course would be drawn.
The following seven weeks in the class room took up the concerns and challenges students identified in their reports by providing opportunities for students to simulate practice.
The article is well worth reading for anyone interested in establishing experiential learning opportunities, without the resources for a clinic program.
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