Going Back to Kindergarten: Considering the Application of Waldorf Education Principles to Legal Education
Leah M. Christensen
Thomas Jefferson School of Law
April 27, 2006
Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, p. 315, 2007
TJSL Legal Studies Research Paper No. 899218
There have been many recent articles about the ethical decline of lawyers. This article offers a simple solution: Educate the whole law student, not just their "minds." If law schools want to create professional and ethical lawyers, law schools need to integrate ethics, professionalism, and personal values within the traditional law school curriculum.
Waldorf Education, a progressive educational methodology, serves as a model for this integration. As law professors, we have the unique privilege and obligation to shape the integrity of our students. In each and every lecture, we can provide lessons in ethics, honesty, integrity, and professionalism. The result in the end will be a better legal profession, more effective justice, and perhaps more importantly, a greater sense of well-being and satisfaction among the new lawyers in our profession.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 19
Keywords: Legal education, legal ethics, professional responsibility, Waldorf Education
Date posted: April 27, 2006 ; Last revised: December 8, 2012