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Developing Students’ Identities as Legal Apprentices Through Interaction with Lawyers and Judges in a First Year Legal Writing Course

25 The Second Draft 10 (2011)

2 Pages Posted: 24 May 2011 Last revised: 1 Nov 2013

Lori Roberts

Western State College of Law

Elizabeth N. Jones

Western State College of Law

Date Written: May 18, 2011

Abstract

This short essay discusses several ways that legal writing professors can create opportunities for students to interact with lawyers and judges as part of a first year writing course in order to encourage students to think of themselves as lawyers in training and clarify to the students that the writing, research, citation, advocacy and professionalism skills that they learn in class will be applied in practice. Developing this apprenticeship identity as a first year law student is a critical step to reforming legal education and graduating practice-ready lawyers. By bringing lawyers and judges to the students, and by sending the students out to see lawyers and judges in practice, the students realize early on that they are embarking on an apprenticeship in law school.

Keywords: legal education, law school, legal writing, skills, apprenticeship

Suggested Citation

Roberts, Lori and Jones, Elizabeth N., Developing Students’ Identities as Legal Apprentices Through Interaction with Lawyers and Judges in a First Year Legal Writing Course (May 18, 2011). 25 The Second Draft 10 (2011). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1845985

Lori Roberts (Contact Author)

Western State College of Law ( email )

1111 North State College Blvd.
Fullerton, CA 92831
United States

Elizabeth N. Jones

Western State College of Law ( email )

1 Banting
Irvine, CA 92618
United States
1-714-459-1187 (Phone)

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