Reflective Practice in Legal Education: The Stages of Reflection

20 Clin. L. Rev. 317 (2014)

38 Pages Posted: 28 Aug 2014

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Timothy Casey

California Western School of Law

Date Written: March 15, 2014

Abstract

Experiential legal education programs include reflection as an explicit learning outcome. Although many teachers and students have seen the value of reflection, few have studied the process of reflection. Drawing from research in the fields of cognitive development, reflective judgment, and moral reasoning, this article presents an organizational model for teaching reflection in six stages. The Stages of Reflection model provides teachers and students with a deeper understanding of the process of reflection, and creates a pathway for the development of reflective practice.

Keywords: experiential legal education, clinical education, experiential education, reflection, reflective practice, mindfulness, externship, internship, clinic, law clinic, Schon, Kohlberg, reflective judgment, reflective practitioner, cognitive development, learning outcomes, STEPPS Program

Suggested Citation

Casey, Timothy, Reflective Practice in Legal Education: The Stages of Reflection (March 15, 2014). 20 Clin. L. Rev. 317 (2014). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2472451

Timothy Casey (Contact Author)

California Western School of Law ( email )

225 Cedar Street
San Diego, CA 92101
United States
619 525 1685 (Phone)

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