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Answering the Skeptics on Fostering Ethical Professional Formation (Professionalism)


Neil W. Hamilton


University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

Verna Monson


University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) - University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis; Cultural Dynamics Consulting

March 13, 2011

The Professional Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2011
U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-05

Abstract:     
The understanding of most law professors and practicing lawyers of when and how moral capacities develop ignores thirty years of accumulating knowledge in other fields, particularly moral psychology. This failure to understand new developments leads to a deep skepticism about educational engagements intended to foster the moral capacities of law students. This essay first outlines this skepticism and then rebuts the skepticism with the developing evidence about the stages of development for moral capacities and the potential for lifelong growth in these capacities. The essay includes some suggestions for pedagogies that are effective to foster these capacities.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 13

Keywords: professional responsibility, professional formation, the professions, legal profession, moral learning

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Date posted: March 21, 2011  

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Hamilton, Neil W. and Monson, Verna, Answering the Skeptics on Fostering Ethical Professional Formation (Professionalism) (March 13, 2011). The Professional Lawyer, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2011; U of St. Thomas Legal Studies Research Paper No. 11-05. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1791216

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Neil W. Hamilton (Contact Author)
University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )
MSL 400, 1000 La Salle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States
Verna Monson
University of St. Thomas (Minnesota) - University of St. Thomas, Minneapolis ( email )
Minneapolis, MN 55403
United States
Cultural Dynamics Consulting ( email )
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