Short abstracts of the presentations were submitted by many of the speakers in advance of the conference. The titles of those that were submitted are underlined; to view those abstracts, click on the title.

Title: Students In The Role Of Lawyers And Lawyers In The Role As Teachers-How Faculty Can Support Both To Develop Empathy And Professional Identity

Lead Presenter: Jodi S Balsam


  1. Corinna Coupette
  2. Paul Pettersson
  3. Sue Schechter

Session Abstract: Placing students in role as lawyers serving live clients is a necessary complement to the classroom, as it teaches the complexity of the law in the real world and the importance of the lawyer-client relationship. Many law students access this learning experience through externships or pro bono volunteer opportunities where they are supervised primarily by practicing lawyers, rather than on-campus faculty. The risk in these practice-based settings is that students engage in mechanical application of a narrow skill set and are not encouraged to understand the broader context of their client’s situation and their own professional role. Law school faculty must step up to support both students and lawyers in live-client settings so that the experience imparts to students a critical perspective, the value of empathetic lawyering, and the development of professional identity. This interactive workshop will provide a framework for thinking about our students’ professional role formation in practice-based activities, and will share initiatives from Brooklyn, Bucerius, and Berkeley for supporting both students in role as lawyers and lawyers in role as teachers. Participants will be encouraged to share their approaches to enhancing the student-practitioner relationship and to brainstorm new ways to reinforce professional values in the field.

Session Material:

  1. GAJE8
  2. GAJE8
  3. GAJE
  4. GAJE

See full list of abstracts here.