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Developing Professional Judgment

Submitted by Clark Cunningham on Sun, 02-28-2010
Long title
Developing Professional Judgment: Law School Innovations in Response to the Carnegie Foundation's Critique of American Legal Education
Chapter author(s)
Cunningham, Clark D.
Alexander, Charlotte
Chapter author(s)' contact information
Book title
The Ethics Project in Legal Education
Book editor(s)

Bartlett, Francesca
Tranter, Kieran
Corbin, Lillian
Robertson, Michael
Book type
Page number
London: Routledge-Cavendish
Place of publication
United Kingdom
In 2007, the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching issued a book-length report on American legal education: Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law. This work in progress, to be published as a book chapter, first summarizes the Carnegie Report, its call for reform in American legal education, and its focus on the development of professional judgment. It then discusses concepts from the field of moral psychology that have been used in other American professional schools to assess how schools teach and students learn professional judgment and applies those concepts to the Report”s critique of the conventional American approach to teaching legal ethics. The chapter concludes by highlighting innovative approaches to teaching ethics and professionalism that three American law schools have implemented since the Carnegie Report and analyzes them using these concepts from moral psychology.
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