Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Micro Essay Who Will Teach Them to Wear Shoes?

From the Spring 2017 issue of Perspectives:

I spent time last summer interviewing attorneys around my State to find out how our students were doing in professional legal settings. Most were pleased with the quality of the work our students produced, but many wanted to talk with me about a lack of professionalism that they’ve seen creeping into their law firms, courthouses, and other legal offices.

One attorney asked if I could teach our students to wear “real shoes” instead of flip-flops to the office. Who will teach them to wear shoes? Those of us who wear shoes, I suppose. After all, won’t our students be filling ours someday?

Jan M. Baker, Assistant Director of Legal Writing, University of South Carolina School of Law, Columbia, S.C.


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