The CEL News Feed highlighted an opinion piece by recent Berkeley Law grad Michael Serota in the National Law Journal(http://www.cuttingedgelaw.com/newsfeed/make-job-satisfaction-priority-na... ). In the article, Serota asserts law schools need to help students align personal values with professional values - it's almost like he's read my blog!
Last week a friend told me he was thinking about going to law school to study elder law and probate law, and his reasons would resonate with any collaborative practitioner. My advice was that he was a step ahead of the curve for knowing why he'd want to be a lawyers, and as long as he was able to keep his head and heart together without succumbing to the stressful competitive mindset he'd probably find law school a breeze.
I think law school could be a much more positive experience for lawyers-to-be, looked back upon fondly as a time of personal growth rather than as an ordeal or grueling rite of passage.
Based on these findings, law schools can no longer ignore their moral obligation to produce healthy and satisfied lawyers. It is self-evident that they should begin educating law students on the topic of professional satisfaction by elucidating the importance of making career decisions based on their professional values. By helping them identify their professional values and make individual career decisions that correspond to those values, law schools can help lawyers and law students derive satisfaction from their professional lives.
Lisa Mazzie, faculty at Marquette Law School, blogs about thinking like a lawyer.
Part one of a ten-part series of interviews with Larry Krieger. In Part 1, Larry Krieger introduces himself and talks about the genesis of the Humanizing Legal Education movement.
In this segment, Larry Krieger continues to tell the story of the birth and development of the humanizing legal education movement and the research on lawyer and law student well-being.
Part 2: Genesis of Humanizing Legal Education
Part 3: Early Research
For many lawyers, the memory of law school is not a pleasant one. We endured it while we were there and we escaped. Others flourished in law school. What makes the difference? For the very reasons that we ran screaming away from law school, or enjoyed it, it is fertile ground for new ideas about humanizing the law. Many of the models of CuttingEdgeLaw are based in law schools. And, a new movement dedicated to humanizing law school is growing among law professors, deans and clinical instructors.
Here is a link that is an overview of these activities: