Thursday, May 12, 2016

Chicago-Kent College of Law Praxis Program

Another creative approach to experiential education:

Chicago-Kent College of Law Praxis Program

"'Praxis; is the process by which a theory, lesson or skill is enacted, practiced, embodied or realized. 'Praxis' may also refer to the act of engaging, applying, exercising, realizing or practicing ideas.

The Praxis Program is designed for students who are interested in fully embracing a practice- or experience-based course of study. IIT Chicago-Kent has always prided itself on providing a wide variety of hands-on learning options. The Praxis Program capitalizes on these robust skills offerings to guide participants through an individualized course of study designed to provide exposure to the core competencies required of successful lawyers.

With this program, the law school responds to calls from the legal community for new graduates who are thoroughly trained in both the skills and the art of legal practice. Participants will learn to think and talk about their education in new ways, explore issues of law practice management, and learn how to build and market their own portfolios.

Students who enroll in the program and complete all the program requirements will earn the Praxis certificate upon graduation. Students enrolled in the Praxis Program may concurrently enroll in an additional, subject-matter certificate program offered by Chicago-Kent."

Notice that the program stresses core competencies.  I believe that the most important part of legal education reform is the core competencies, which are behind the skills.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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