Friday, 10:45 – 12:15 pm
FINDING TRUE NORTH: FOSTERING STUDENTS’ FORMATION OF PROFESSIONAL IDENTITY SO THEY CAN DEVELOP GUIDING PRINCIPLES FOR PRACTICE, ROOM LB 12
Tim Floyd, Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law
Kendall L. Kerew, Georgia State University College of Law
Kelly Terry, University of Arkansas at Little Rock William H. Bowen School of Law
In light of the renewed emphasis on graduating new lawyers who are ready for practice and can “hit the ground running,” the formation of professional identity in emerging lawyers is more important than ever. This session will focus on opportunities to develop our students’ professional identities in the externship classroom. Because externships provide students with an opportunity for personal exploration, while at the same time providing an opportunity to engage in an objective critique of the legal profession, externship pedagogy is uniquely situated to provide students with a springboard to integrate their personal identity with their emerging professional identities. The session will: 1) explore the foundations of forming a professional identity, 2) identify methods to teach students about how to form a professional identity, and 3) discuss methods for measuring progress in the formation of that identity.