ERIC Number: ED231324
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-Apr
Reference Count: 0
Methods in Professional Training: Indoctrination from Step One.
A preliminary classification of methods used during first-year law courses to develop a sense of professional identification among students is presented. Professors' images of lawyers conveyed to students are described based on faculty comments. In addition, informal student interviews were conducted to determine their awareness of this indoctrination process. Participant observation identified the following types of faculty comments: distinguishing lawyers from non-lawyers and professional from personal opinions, discussion of ethical issues, sensitivity to legal terminology, role of authority, awareness of legal roles and tasks, responsibility for structure and results of the system, ability to argue for any position, ability to write in appropriate legal format, development of presentation skills. Additionally, faculty comments revealed the following images of lawyers: as business person, as technician, as preventor of problems, as problem solver, and as creator of the system. While most students indicated that they were starting to think of themselves as lawyers, they were generally not aware of faculty comments that conveyed an image of what lawyers are or what they do. (SW)
Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Educational Research Association (Montreal, Canada, April 11-15, 1983).