A Survey Instrument to Develop, Tailor, and Help Measure Law Student Cultural Diversity Education Learning Outcomes

71 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2014 Last revised: 23 Nov 2014

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Andrea Anne Curcio

Georgia State University - College of Law

Teresa Ward

Georgia State University

Nisha Dogra

University of Leicester

Date Written: June 16, 2014

Abstract

Despite the importance of cultural competence for effective legal practice, law schools have not yet developed a systematic method for helping students develop awareness of how cultural perspectives shape lawyer-client interactions, affect transactions, and influence the development of the law. This article identifies ways law schools might conceptualize learning outcomes that will enhance law students' abilities to effectively represent clients in today's multicultural world and global legal environment. It provides legal educators with a statistically valid and reliable survey instrument developed to help identify, and potentially measure, some of those learning outcomes. It discusses the survey design and findings. Finally, this article suggests several ways our survey instrument and research can help legal educators conceptualize ways to integrate the inclusion of cultural sensibility learning and learning outcomes into the law school curricula.

Keywords: cultural competence, multicultural, legal education, diversity, cultural sensitivity, cultural sensibility, cultural awareness, legal pedagogy

JEL Classification: I20, I29, K00, K19, K10

Suggested Citation

Curcio, Andrea Anne and Ward, Teresa and Dogra, Nisha, A Survey Instrument to Develop, Tailor, and Help Measure Law Student Cultural Diversity Education Learning Outcomes (June 16, 2014). Nova Law Review, Vol. 38, 2014; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2014-19. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2451300

Andrea Anne Curcio (Contact Author)

Georgia State University - College of Law ( email )

P.O. Box 4037
Atlanta, GA 30302-4037
United States

Teresa Ward

Georgia State University ( email )

35 Broad Street
Atlanta, GA 30303-3083
United States

Nisha Dogra

University of Leicester ( email )

University Road
Leicester, LE1 7RH
United Kingdom

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