Learning From Practice (S)


Enrollment in this seminar is restricted to students participating in the Learning From Practice Externship. This seminar will focus on the ways in which lawyers (and those studying to be lawyers) learn from practice. The practice of law takes myriad forms: lawyers work in firms, government, in-house, public interest organizations, and academia, to name just a few. Within those settings, there are lawyers who litigate, others who perform transactional work, and those whose role is to provide advice and counseling. How do these lawyers learn from practice and develop professionally, and from whom do they learn? This seminar will examine the ways in which lawyers develop skills on the job. The legal profession is ever changing, and lawyers must evolve with it. We will explore ways in which lawyers learn from practice so that they keep up with changes in the substantive law, in technology and social media, and in the business of law. We will identify best practices for professional development, mentoring, networking, communication, and interacting with clients and the media. We will also examine issues involving diversity, work-life balance, and ethical considerations. Periodically throughout the course, we will benefit from guest speakers who will share their perspectives from their vantage points as leading lawyers at firms, in-house general counsel offices, and government. Students will gain practical skills through experiential learning and through course readings and rich class discussion. In addition, students are required to write several journals reflecting on and evaluating their experiences. Students will also write a paper on a topic specific to their externship placement and will give a presentation on that topic to the class. Regular attendance and active class participation is required. ** A student who fails to attend the initial meeting of a seminar, or to obtain permission to be absent from either the instructor or the Registrar, will be administratively dropped from the seminar. Students who waitlist for a seminar are required to attend the first seminar meeting to be considered for enrollment.
Spring 2017: LAW JD 771 , Jan 18th to Apr 26th 2017
A1Jennifer Serafyn1Wed5:30 pm - 6:30 pmLAW702