Assessing Law Students as Reflective Practitioners
24 Pages Posted: 27 Oct 2017 Last revised: 13 Dec 2017
Date Written: October 26, 2017
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
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