Going Back to Kindergarten: Considering the Application of Waldorf Education Principles to Legal Education

19 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2006 Last revised: 8 Dec 2012

Leah M. Christensen

Thomas Jefferson School of Law

Date Written: April 27, 2006

Abstract

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.

Keywords: Legal education, legal ethics, professional responsibility, Waldorf Education

Suggested Citation

Christensen, Leah M., Going Back to Kindergarten: Considering the Application of Waldorf Education Principles to Legal Education (April 27, 2006). Suffolk University Law Review, Vol. 40, No. 2, p. 315, 2007; TJSL Legal Studies Research Paper No. 899218. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=899218

Leah M. Christensen (Contact Author)

Thomas Jefferson School of Law ( email )

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San Diego, CA 92101
United States
619-961-4264 (Phone)

HOME PAGE: http://www.tjsl.edu/faculty-l-christensen

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