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PAPERS FROM THE EXTERNSHIPS 6 CONFERENCE: LEARNING FROM CLERGY EDUCATION: EXTERNSHIPS THROUGH THE LENS OF FORMATION
Clinical Law Review
19 Clinical L. Rev. 83
Daisy Hurst Floyd,* Timothy W. Floyd, and Sarah Gerwig-Moore∞
In its 2007 study of legal education, Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Practice of Law (hereinafter "Carnegie Report" or "Educating Lawyers"), 1 the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching offers a provocative critique of legal education. In our view, the Carnegie study has more potential for affecting significant change in legal education than any such study in generations. Perhaps the most significant observation of the Carnegie study is its challenge that law schools become more intentional about educating students for formation of professional identity. 2 Noting that clergy education has focused more on the formative aspects of professional education than have other professional schools, the study suggests that legal educators could learn a great deal from clergy education about teaching for professional identity formation. 3
Taking that suggestion to heart, we undertook an examination of clergy education, with a particular focus on the role of field education in students' personal and professional formation, and in this article we report on our examination of clergy field education. 4 We found that in clergy education, the primary educational goal of field education is reflection toward professional and personal formation. After reviewing various approaches to field education in clergy education, we suggest how legal externship teachers may learn from clergy education in making formation of personal and professional identity a central goal of the law school externship course, and we offer suggestions of specific pedagogical and curricular approaches that may be adapted to externships in legal education. ...
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