Law school 'imposters' need allies not accomplices

Law school ‘imposters’ need allies not accomplices

Do a quick search of 'impostor syndrome'. What did you find? What about 'impostor syndrome in law school'? That produces some worrying results. There is a mountain of advice about how self-professed 'imposters' - law students, lawyers and academics - can heal themselves. A lot of it is good advice about talking to other people. …

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Reflective practice

The 5 steps of reflective practice as a professional skill in law school

Reflective thinking is a professional skill. While the law school curriculum emphasises the development of reflective thinking, there is very little guidance on teaching it. When we think about 'reflection', we have a tendency to define it as remembering something - an event, something someone did, or even something we did. That's important. But that's …

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‘Mistakes’ teach law students real-world skills responding to ambiguity

Typos, misspelling, wrong names and inconsistent dates in law school problem questions - they are usually a source of huge embarrassment for law teachers. But they are much closer to the way lawyers often get client instructions. 'Mistakes’ can teach law students real-world skills responding to ambiguity. Clients rarely arrive in lawyers’ offices with neatly …

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Some practical steps to teaching case note research in law school

Writing case notes is a common form of assessment in law school, especially with first-year law students, as a way of exposing them to basic legal research, writing and thinking skills before moving on to substantive subjects.  More importantly, the preparation of a case note is usually the first taste first-year law students have of …

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