Interprofessional Education

Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Deborah Maranville, Lisa Radtke Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas & Antoinette Sedillo Lopez eds., LexisNexis 2015)

Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-06

11 Pages Posted: 11 Feb 2015 Last revised: 20 Mar 2015

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Lisa Bliss

Georgia State University - College of Law

Sylvia Caley

Georgia State University College of Law

Patty Roberts

William & Mary Law School

Emily Suski

University of South Carolina School of Law

Robert Pettignano

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

As legal educators consider how to improve the outcomes of legal education, maximizing the knowledge, skills, and values taught during the law school experience, consideration should be given to increasing interprofessional learning opportunities in the curricula. As Best Practices for Legal Education suggested, the creative thinking necessary for effective problem-solving includes an understanding of interprofessional dimensions of practice, but interprofessional opportunities are still the exception rather than the norm in legal education. Interprofessional legal education intentionally asks law students to blend the knowledge, skills, and values of two or more professions in order to address complex legal problems. Placing students in an interprofessional context allows them the opportunity to consider problem solving outside of the framework imposed by their own professional lens and frees them to achieve more holistic, comprehensive solutions to legal problems. Law school curricula should include opportunities to expose law students to interprofessional collaborations in order to aid in developing the skills students will need in order to address the increasingly complex problems they will face in practice. This section identifies the benefits of interprofessional education in law schools and urges schools to implement interprofessional education opportunities.

Keywords: legal education, interprofessional education, law schools, skills, experiential education, law teaching, interprofessional teaching

JEL Classification: I20, I21, I29, K00, K40, K19, Z00

Suggested Citation

Bliss, Lisa and Caley, Sylvia and Roberts, Patricia E. and Suski, Emily and Pettignano, Robert, Interprofessional Education (2015). Building on Best Practices: Transforming Legal Education in a Changing World (Deborah Maranville, Lisa Radtke Bliss, Carolyn Wilkes Kaas & Antoinette Sedillo Lopez eds., LexisNexis 2015) ; Georgia State University College of Law, Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2015-06. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2562537

Lisa Bliss

Georgia State University - College of Law ( email )

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

Sylvia Caley

Georgia State University College of Law ( email )

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

Patricia E. Roberts

William & Mary Law School ( email )

South Henry Street
P.O. Box 8795
Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795
United States

Emily Suski (Contact Author)

University of South Carolina School of Law ( email )

Main & Greene Streets
Columbia, SC 29208
United States

Robert Pettignano

Children's Healthcare of Atlanta ( email )

Atlanta, GA
United States

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