We Are ALL on the Journey: Transforming Antagonistic Spaces in Law School Classrooms

67 Journal of Legal Education 176 (2017)

35 Pages Posted: 21 Jun 2017 Last revised: 17 Nov 2017

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Palma Joy Strand

Creighton University Graduate School, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies

Date Written: June 20, 2017

Abstract

My core insight in this essay is that concrete and usable strategies exist that counter antagonistic space in law schools for students from traditionally underrepresented groups and that concurrently stretch students across the board. Law professors can intentionally engage in “microinclusions” in our classrooms – teaching practices that not only counter microaggressions but that affirmatively create a learning environment of belonging in which historically marginalized and other students can thrive. A mindset of intentional validation – as opposed to microinvalidation – offers a frame for law school pedagogy that goes beyond belonging to empowerment.

Keywords: legal education, inclusion, microaggressions, antagonistic space, stereotype threat

Suggested Citation

Strand, Palma Joy, We Are ALL on the Journey: Transforming Antagonistic Spaces in Law School Classrooms (June 20, 2017). 67 Journal of Legal Education 176 (2017), Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2989652

Palma Joy Strand (Contact Author)

Creighton University Graduate School, Department of Interdisciplinary Studies ( email )

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