ENHANCING THE EXTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE USE OF SHARED JOURNALS

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Friday, 2:00 – 3:00 pm

ENHANCING THE EXTERNSHIP EXPERIENCE THROUGH THE USE OF SHARED JOURNALS – Room LB 208

Mark I. Weinstein, California Western School of Law

Externship courses at most schools have both fieldwork and seminar components. Most also require students to write journals to deliver to the faculty member. But a disparity can occur between the depth of discussion in the journals and the depth of discussion in the seminar. In comparison to student journals, students can seem unwilling to discuss issues in depth. It can seem as if two different conversations occur, one in the journals and the other in classroom discussions. This session explores what happens when students are asked to post their journals to a public forum, such as TWEN. It discusses the use of confidentiality agreements, assesses changes in the faculty role, and identifies the benefits both to classroom discussions and to student journal-writing.

 

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