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Title: How Can Law Schools Prepare Our Students To Be Social Change Agents?

Lead Presenter: David Oppenheimer


  1. Costanza Hermanin

Session Abstract: The question of how law schools can prepare our student to be social change activists is a critical question for GAJE activists. We know from the “After the JD” study that social justice engagement in law school is associated with social justice engagement after law school, and we try to encourage social justice engagement in law school through clinics, pro bono projects, service-learning projects, integration of social justice themes in doctrinal courses, leadership courses, and admissions policies that promote diversity and social justice values. As GAJE members, most of us are already trying to do these kinds of things. But what else can we do? Our panel will be an open discussion of this question, with the expectation that the panelists will take less than thirty of the ninety minutes provided, and then lead a discussion among all of the attending participants on what they think works, or should work. We will produce a list of the suggestions for distribution to the group. We will begin by asking the panelists to address the following questions: 1. What’s the most successful thing you’ve done to help law students become social justice entrepreneurs? 2. Why did it work? 3. What did you learn? 4. What one piece of advice would you give? We will open the floor to all in attendance, not to ask us questions (although that will be permissible) but to contribute their own experiences, as the panelists move from being speakers to being scribes and discussion leaders.

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