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Sunday, January 12, 2020

Shaping The Next Generation Of Lawyers: A Call To The Christian Legal Community

Jeffrey A. Brauch (Former Dean, Regent), Shaping the Next Generation of Lawyers: A Call to the Christian Legal Community:

In 2007, the Carnegie Foundation published Educating Lawyers, its influential and comprehensive assessment on how well law schools law schools train our students. One of the most important recommendations made by Carnegie that law schools should provide an apprenticeship in professional identity. Professional identity “draws to the foreground the purposes of the profession and the formation of the identity of lawyers guided by those purposes.”  To Carnegie, an apprenticeship in professional identity means training students both in professional ethics and professionalism, what it called “the wider matters of morality and character.”

This article analyzes Carnegie’s call for an apprenticeship in professional identity and describes how Christian law schools and Christian lawyers are well-suited to answer this call.

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And above all we should fight barriers to law practice like a state-required degree in who-cares-what-else first (and maybe even a mandatory J.D. itself) that hurt access to advocacy and feed elitist, opaque, sometimes anti-Christian and often just plain bad administration of our great democracy's laws and Constitution.

Posted by: Anand Desai | Jan 12, 2020 12:11:02 PM