Ensuring a Multicultural Educational Experience in Legal Education: Start with the Legal Writing Classroom

33 Pages Posted: 14 Jul 2009 Last revised: 12 Dec 2012

Johanna K. P. Dennis

Northeastern University - School of Law

Date Written: October 25, 2011

Abstract

Legal educators have an obligation to educate the future generation of lawyers in a multicultural way by creating a learning environment in which the issues faced by minority communities are criticized, evaluated and challenged.

This article discusses multicultural education, current efforts in the law school which positively impact the educational experience, some of the shortfalls in these efforts, the need for first-year integration of multicultural topics, and how an educator in the legal academy can ensure that her students receive a well-rounded multicultural educational experience. In particular, the article addresses creating a multicultural educational experience through the lens of a minority legal writing professor, whose role entails instructing students in small-section classes on predictive and persuasive writing over the course of the first two or three semesters of law school. The article concludes by making recommendations for how all legal educators can impact the pipeline to the legal profession by enhancing the law school experience through multicultural education.

Keywords: multiculturalism, education, legal writing, diversity

Suggested Citation

Dennis, Johanna K. P., Ensuring a Multicultural Educational Experience in Legal Education: Start with the Legal Writing Classroom (October 25, 2011). Texas Wesleyan Law Review, Vol. 16, No. 4, 2010; Vermont Law School Research Paper No. 10-42. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1433850

Johanna K. P. Dennis (Contact Author)

Northeastern University - School of Law ( email )

400 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115
United States

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