Teaching Professional Identity

Deborah L. Borman

Northwestern University - School of Law

August 19, 2012

The Law Teacher, Fall 2013, p.3

In Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law, the Carnegie Foundation identified three apprenticeships necessary in professional legal education: thinking (legal analysis), performance (practical skills) and professional conduct, or professional identity. Students can develop these components of the legal profession during law school to excel in the practice of law. Legal educators can contribute to the development of Professional Identity without overhauling the curriculum via short additional assignments or by tweaking existing assignments. This article will review the history of professional identity, the recommendations of The Carnegie Report, and identify the three methods I use to encourage the development of professional identity in the writing and research classroom.

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Keywords: professional identity formation, writing

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Date posted: August 20, 2012 ; Last revised: August 3, 2014

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Borman, Deborah L., Teaching Professional Identity (August 19, 2012). The Law Teacher, Fall 2013, p.3. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2132210 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2132210

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Deborah Lee Borman (Contact Author)
Northwestern University - School of Law ( email )
375 E. Chicago Ave
Unit 1505
Chicago, IL 60611
United States
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