Each Law Student Must Take Increasing Ownership Over Professional Development During Law School

10 Pages Posted: 10 Sep 2018

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Neil W. Hamilton

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)

Jerome M. Organ

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota)

Date Written: August 2018

Abstract

This article first analyzes how the competency of internalized ownership over continuous professional development is foundational for legal education’s evolution toward competency-based education. Each student’s growth toward later stages of this competency will provide substantial benefits to students as well as to faculty and staff at a law school. The article then looks at the importance that legal employers give to this foundational competency, and the obvious benefit to a student who can demonstrate evidence to potential employers that he or she is at a later stage of development on this competency. The article finally looks at what we know about effective curriculum to foster each student’s growth toward later stages of ownership.

Keywords: Professional formation, Professional development, Professionalism, Competency-based education, Learning Outcomes, Ownership, Self-directedness

Suggested Citation

Hamilton, Neil W. and Organ, Jerome M., Each Law Student Must Take Increasing Ownership Over Professional Development During Law School (August 2018). PD Quarterly (Aug. 2018, at 27), U of St. Thomas (Minnesota) Legal Studies Research Paper No. 18-19, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3246164

Neil W. Hamilton

University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

MSL 400, 1000 La Salle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States

Jerome M. Organ (Contact Author)

University of St. Thomas - School of Law (Minnesota) ( email )

MSL 400, 1000 La Salle Avenue
Minneapolis, MN Minnesota 55403-2005
United States

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