Opportunities for interaction: improving student engagement in the law school setting

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Slides for the presentation by Bonnie McAlister (Elon University) at the Learning in Law Annual Conference 2011.

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Opportunities for interaction: improving student engagement in the law school setting

  1. 1. Opportunities for Interaction:Improving Student Engagement in the Law School Setting<br />Bonnie McAlister<br />Elon University School of Law<br />
  2. 2. The Approach at Elon<br />The Premise<br />The Process<br />The Product<br />
  3. 3. The Premise<br />Lawyers As Leaders <br />Traditional Vs. Experiential<br />
  4. 4. The Process- 1L Year:Awareness of Self<br />Assessment Instruments and Activities<br />Preceptors<br />Winter Term Leadership Program<br />Individual Development Plan<br />
  5. 5. Team Building Activities<br />
  6. 6. The Process- 1L Year:Awareness of Self<br />Assessment Instruments and Activities<br />Preceptors<br />Winter Term Leadership Program<br />Individual Development Plan<br />
  7. 7. The Process-2L Year:Awareness of Others<br />Winter Term Problem Solving<br />Revisiting the Individual Development Plan<br />
  8. 8. The Process- 3L Year:Awareness of Wider Community<br />Capstone Leadership Project<br />
  9. 9. The Process:Continuous Throughout the Three Years<br />Monthly Receptions with the Local Bar<br />Participation in the “Innocence Project”<br />Attendance at Community Lecture Series on Relevant Topics<br />Participation in and Operation of Clinics<br />
  10. 10. Monthly reception With Local Bar<br />
  11. 11. Innocence Project<br />
  12. 12. Community Lecture Series(Former Chief Justice Sandra Day O’Conner)<br />
  13. 13. Tax Clinic<br />
  14. 14. The Product<br />A Lawyer with a command of the law<br />A Lawyer with genuine people skills<br />Sensitive<br />Interactive<br />Engaging<br />
  15. 15. The Product <br />At the end of the day, lawyers are sought as leaders for their analytical skills.<br />Elon University School of Law intentionally prepares students to fill those leadership roles.<br />

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