Edited by Morgan Leigh Furman L'16, the fifth issue of an online journal published by Elon Law underscores the significance and impact of experiential learning in the context of law school and the legal profession.
Elon University School of Law students examine the influence of experiental learning opportunities on their preparedness for a legal career in the latest edition of an online journal focused on leadership.
Edited by Morgan Leigh Furman L’16, the fifth issue of the Journal of Leadership and the Law deconstructs the benefits of law students leaving the classroom to gain direct exposure to the legal field, which provides practical skills, engagement in the culture of professionalism, and an opportunity to explore potential careers.
“Experiential learning is not simply the practice of acquiring applicable practical knowledge, but rather, and arguably more importantly, it is a way for students to immerse themselves in an environment where they can learn specifically through making mistakes and gain valuable lessons for the future about responsibility, diligence, and integrity,” Furman writes in her note from the editor. “Engaging with the law, the community, and oneself through useful, real-world experiences, while still being able to grow through supervisory feedback, is an invaluable experience for modern law students as they enter the legal profession.”
HIGHLIGHTS FROM ISSUE FIVE OF THE JOURNAL OF LEADERSHIP AND THE LAW
Learning Agility by Associate Professor Christopher Leupold
Leupold explains the importance of law students exploring and honing their individual learning agilities to gain the most out of every academic and practical experience.
Restorative Justice Framework by Merima Mustafic
Mustafic shares her research on restorative justice reform and her theories on how to successfully re-integrate prior offenders into their communities.
Summer Experience: Employment Law by Britt Burch
Burch details how her summer experience abroad provided her with the opportunity to analyze and compare employment law in the United States and Europe.
Capstone Project: Mobile Law Clinics by Jessica Richardson
Richardson shares details of how she initiated a pro bono effort to bring legal resources to rural communities in North Carolina through student-led mobile law clinics.
Ethics & Professionalism by Stephanie Murray
Murray, through her personal, academic and professional endeavors, examines an ethical framework for ensuring integrity and professionalism in the legal field
Leadership Academy by Danielle Prongay
Prongay tells how Elon Law’s Leadership Academy facilitated meaningful connections between Elon Law students and local university and high school students to emphasize the significance of community involvement.
Gov. Jennifer Granholm by Nathaniel Cook
Cook shares his experience hosting Governor Jennifer Granholm during her visit as part of the Joseph M. Bryan Distinguished Leadership Lecture Series and speaks to the value of learning from experienced lawyer leaders.