Addressing Intersectionality in the Lives of Women in Poverty: Incorporating Core Components of a Social Work Program into Legal Education
Southwestern Law School
January 1, 2012
American University Journal of Gender, Social Policy & the Law, Vol. 20, No. 4, 2012
Rooted in therapeutic jurisprudence, this article suggests that core components of social work education should be incorporated into legal education to prepare students to practice public interest law. Part One reviews important critiques of public interest lawyering, including Derrick Bell's "Serving Two Masters" and Richard Delgado's construct of false empathy. The second part of the Article explores how specific aspects of social work education respond to the issues raised in Part One. Key components of social work education discussed include: a code of ethics that prioritizes self determination and social justice; curriculum design based on critical race theory; techniques for teaching students to cultivate true empathy; and substantial participation in internships coupled with supervision that prompts self awareness and reflection.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 24
Date posted: August 17, 2012