STEADY WORK: EXPLORING VALUES IN AN EXTERNSHIP SEMINAR

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Saturday, 1:30 – 3:00 pm

STEADY WORK: EXPLORING VALUES IN AN EXTERNSHIP SEMINAR, LB 237

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Fred Klein, Hofstra Law School

Inga N. Laurent, Gonzaga University School of Law

Phyllis Kotey, Florida International University College of Law

Linda Smith, University of Utah S.J. Quinney College of Law

Leah Wortham, Columbus School of Law, The Catholic University of America

Externships provide the ideal opportunity for to explore values. On the macro level, faculty and students can explore the institutional values that affect the community (from courts to DA offices to legal aid offices to welfare offices). On the micro level, externship faculty and students can explore personal and ethical values. We will argue that the courses that accompany externships should engage in this critical exploration and critique of the institutions and the values the students encounter in the field. Individual presenters will describe the ways in which they have tried to do this by encouraging students to critique office culture, act consistent with intrinsic values, cultivate professional identity through reflection on ethical dilemmas, and audit their placement’s structures, accountability, efficacy, and level of satisfaction.

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