Monday, September 10, 2018

Each Law Student Must Take Increasing Ownership Over Professional Development During Law School

I have often stated that the number one goal of law schools should be to develop self-regulated learners.  Two legal education experts have written an important article on this subject:

Each Law Student Must Take Increasing Ownership Over Professional Development During Law School by Neil W. Hamilton & Jerome M. Organ.

Abstract

"This article first analyzes how the competency of internalized ownership over continuous professional development is foundational for legal education’s evolution toward competency-based education. Each student’s growth toward later stages of this competency will provide substantial benefits to students as well as to faculty and staff at a law school. The article then looks at the importance that legal employers give to this foundational competency, and the obvious benefit to a student who can demonstrate evidence to potential employers that he or she is at a later stage of development on this competency. The article finally looks at what we know about effective curriculum to foster each student’s growth toward later stages of ownership."

Key sentences:

1. "Student growth toward later stages of ownership of continuous professional development will lead to improved academic performance in general at all the other competencies the faculty and staff want each student to develop."

2. "Growth to later stages of ownership of continuous professional development will benefit particularly those students who are not performing well and are at risk."

3. "A student who grows toward later stages of ownership over continuous professional development should not only improve academic performance but also increase the probability of bar passage and success in the student’s search for meaningful post-graduation employment."

(Scott Fruehwald)

https://lawprofessors.typepad.com/legal_skills/2018/09/each-law-student-must-take-increasing-ownership-over-professional-development-during-law-school.html

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