Stealing Culture: Law Students Engage an Interdisciplinary Analysis Through the Museum

In D. Babic and M. Lourenco (Eds.), Professionalizing Museum Work in Higher Education: A Global Approach. University Museums and Collections (UMAC) & International Committee for the Training of Personnel (ICTOP). Forthcoming.

8 Pages Posted: 5 Mar 2021

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Nicole Crawford

University of Wyoming Art Museum

Darrell Jackson

University of Wyoming - College of Law

Date Written: December 30, 2020

Abstract

Museums can be foundational locations for training law students to become lawyers. However, unlike other professions where the museum is intertwined with the profession, for example, a medical museum or anthropological museum, here, there is no ‘legal museum.’ Instead, law students are using the whole museum to develop the litany of desirable skills required to become a successful lawyer. Because the museum does not exist ‘for lawyers,’ the students are engaging with the museum, its functions and its contents, as a learning lab and a primary source. Thus, the museum is not built to accommodate the students. Instead, the students are learning by entering into the museum and all that is involved in its operation.

This chapter is our journey through theoretical conceptualization of this undeveloped learning environment to implementation, over a variety of class sizes and structures. Between domestic and international, we have been fortunate to teach a cohort of students, on average, once an academic year. Through praxis (our implementation and engagement, assessment, evaluation, theorization, and re-engagement), we have honed techniques that allow law students to interact with the museum in ways that benefit their personal and professional growth.

Keywords: law, museums studies, interdisciplinary, critical race theory

JEL Classification: K00, K39, I23, I21

Suggested Citation

Crawford, Nicole and Jackson, Darrell, Stealing Culture: Law Students Engage an Interdisciplinary Analysis Through the Museum (December 30, 2020). In D. Babic and M. Lourenco (Eds.), Professionalizing Museum Work in Higher Education: A Global Approach. University Museums and Collections (UMAC) & International Committee for the Training of Personnel (ICTOP). Forthcoming. , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3754690 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3754690

Nicole Crawford (Contact Author)

University of Wyoming Art Museum ( email )

1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3807
Laramie, WY 82070
United States

HOME PAGE: http://www.uwyo.edu/artmuseum/about_us/faculty-and-staff/nicole-crawford.html

Darrell Jackson

University of Wyoming - College of Law ( email )

1000 E. University Ave.
Dept. 3035
Laramie, WY 82071
United States
(307) 766-2899 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.uwyo.edu/law/directory/darrell-jackson.html

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