Unpacking the Apprenticeship of Professional Identity and Purpose: Insights from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement

Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, Vol. 17, 2011

Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 227

37 Pages Posted: 30 Sep 2011 Last revised: 12 Jul 2013

Carole Silver

Northwestern University School of Law

Amy Garver

Indiana University Bloomington

Lindsay Watkins

Indiana University Bloomington

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Drawing on data from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement, this paper investigates the ways in which law students develop a sense of professional identity and purpose, the third apprenticeship identified by the Carnegie Foundation in its report, Educating Lawyers. The data offer only a first step toward unpacking how students learn about professional identity and purpose. Generally, the findings point to the importance of law school classes for effective learning about legal ethics, and to the role of clinical legal education as a means for deepening the effectiveness of lessons about ethics, professional identity and purpose.

Keywords: Legal education, ethics, professionalism

JEL Classification: I2, K4, J44

Suggested Citation

Silver, Carole and Garver, Amy and Watkins, Lindsay, Unpacking the Apprenticeship of Professional Identity and Purpose: Insights from the Law School Survey of Student Engagement (2011). Journal of the Legal Writing Institute, Vol. 17, 2011; Indiana Legal Studies Research Paper No. 227. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1930334

Carole Silver (Contact Author)

Northwestern University School of Law ( email )

375 East Chicago Avenue
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.law.northwestern.edu/faculty/profiles/CaroleSilver/

Amy Garver

Indiana University Bloomington ( email )

100 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

Lindsay Watkins

Indiana University Bloomington ( email )

100 South Indiana Ave.
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States

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