Assessing Law Students as Reflective Practitioners

24 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2017 Last revised: 13 Dec 2017

Jodi S. Balsam

Brooklyn Law School

Susan L. Brooks

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law

Margaret Reuter

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law; Indiana University-Maurer School of Law

Date Written: October 26, 2017

Abstract

We begin with two premises. One, legal educators, particularly clinical faculty who teach experiential courses, aim for their students to become reflective practitioners. Two, despite the highly personal nature of reflection, law faculty can assess law students’ ability to reflect meaningfully by reviewing and evaluating their reflective journals and essays. This is a story about the three authors of this essay: the genesis of our teaching techniques in reflective practice; how we discovered our similar approaches to assessing reflective practice; and how we have embarked on a project to discover whether a rubric we developed collectively can become the basis for reflective practice as a school-wide learning outcome.

Keywords: Assessment, Reflection, Professional Identity, Experiential Learning

Suggested Citation

Balsam, Jodi S. and Brooks, Susan L. and Reuter, Margaret, Assessing Law Students as Reflective Practitioners (October 26, 2017). New York Law School Law Review, Vol. 62, 2017-2018; Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 545. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3059777

Jodi S. Balsam (Contact Author)

Brooklyn Law School ( email )

250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States

Susan L. Brooks

Drexel University Thomas R. Kline School of Law ( email )

3320 Market Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.drexel.edu/law/susan-brooks.asp

Margaret Reuter

University of Missouri at Kansas City - School of Law ( email )

5100 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, MO 64110-2499
United States

Indiana University-Maurer School of Law ( email )

211 S. Indiana Avenue
Bloomington, IN 47405
United States
973-534-0099 (Phone)

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