Mission: Impossible, Mission: Accomplished or Mission: Underway? A Survey and Analysis of Current Trends in Professionalism Education in American Law Schools

60 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2013  

Alison Kehner

University of Pennsylvania Law School

Mary Ann Robinson

Villanova University - School of Law

Date Written: Fall 2012

Abstract

This Article identifies common characteristics of effective professionalism instruction to provide guidance in how to design innovative professionalism instruction. After introducing the topic in Part I, Part II of this Article describes the origins and development of the professionalism education movement in American Law schools. Part III of this Article explains our methods for collecting information and identifies and summarizes the predominant trends, and provides examples of noteworthy programs or initiatives. Part IV concludes by describing our method for assessing successful programs and identifying the characteristics of effective professionalism instruction.

Keywords: professionalism, legal education, co-curricular programming, professional identity

Suggested Citation

Kehner, Alison and Robinson, Mary Ann, Mission: Impossible, Mission: Accomplished or Mission: Underway? A Survey and Analysis of Current Trends in Professionalism Education in American Law Schools (Fall 2012). University of Dayton Law Review, Vol. 38, No. 1, 2012; Villanova Law/Public Policy Research Paper No. 2013-3055. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2313946

Alison Kehner

University of Pennsylvania Law School ( email )

3501 Sansom Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

Mary Ann Robinson (Contact Author)

Villanova University - School of Law ( email )

299 N. Spring Mill Road
Villanova, PA 19085
United States

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