Thursday, March 7, 2019
New Rubrics Available to Help Law Schools that Have Adopted Learning Outcomes Related to Professional Identity Formation
In recent years, many legal ethics scholars have demonstrated that the study of professional responsibility should cover more than the ethics rules: It should extend to helping students develop their professional identities. Law schools need to help students create their inner lawyer.
Concurrent with the above change in approach, law schools have begun to employ learning outcomes to evaluate their programs. Putting the two together, learning outcomes are important for assessing a law school's professional identity program.
"Rubrics are clearly a key part of assessing whether law students, by the time they leave law school, have attained skills, competencies, and traits embodied in a given school’s program learning outcomes. The Holloran Center for Ethical Leadership in the Professions created a database of program learning outcomes adopted by law schools."
"Associated with St. Thomas School of Law, the Holloran Center brought together two leaders in the professional formation movement, Professor Neil Hamilton and Professor Jerry Organ of St. Thomas Law, with faculty and staff from other law schools that have committed to pursuing professional identity formation as part of their law schools’ effort to produce complete lawyers. Like Professor Hamilton and Professor Organ and St. Thomas, these faculty, administrators, and staff–and their law schools–have demonstrated a commitment to the professional identity formation movement—a movement inspired by the 2007 publication of the Carnegie Report and of Best Practices in Legal Education. Recently, rubrics developed over the past year by working groups assigned to specific competencies were added to the Holloran Center web site, see Holloran Competency Milestones."
"The work of the Holloran Center, and of those of us on the working groups that developed these first rubrics will continue."
"In short, the law schools that adopted learning outcomes designed to produce lawyers who are not only legal technicians but whole persons are on the right track."