A Personal Constitution

15 Pages Posted: 27 Jun 2010 Last revised: 31 Oct 2014

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Michael Serota

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law; Academy for Justice

Date Written: June 1, 2010


This article argues that law schools should better prepare students to face the personal challenges of lawyering by emphasizing the central role that personal values play in making career decisions. It then explains how this goal can be achieved: through a required first-year course on professional satisfaction. Implementing a course that teaches law students how to approach the difficult professional decisions they must make in a manner that comports with their personal values would ameliorate the growing trend of lawyer dissatisfaction, producing happier law students, well-adjusted lawyers, and a more fruitful and impactful legal profession. To that end, this article provides a framework for teaching law students to make careers decisions based upon personal values: the personal constitution.

Keywords: Legal Education, Legal Theory, Lawyer Satisfaction

Suggested Citation

Serota, Michael Eli, A Personal Constitution (June 1, 2010). Northwestern University Law Review Colloquy, Vol. 105, p. 149, 2010. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1630937

Michael Eli Serota (Contact Author)

Arizona State University, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law ( email )

Box 877906
Tempe, AZ
United States

Academy for Justice ( email )

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