A Survey Instrument to Develop, Tailor, and Help Measure Law Student Cultural Diversity Education Learning Outcomes
Nova Law Review, Vol. 38, 2014
71 Pages Posted: 17 Jun 2014 Last revised: 23 Nov 2014
Date Written: June 16, 2014
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
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