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Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud: Defensive Pessimism In Legal Education, Emily Zimmerman, Casey Laduke Nov 2017

Every Silver Lining Has A Cloud: Defensive Pessimism In Legal Education, Emily Zimmerman, Casey Laduke

Catholic University Law Review

This Article presents the results of the first empirical research project to investigate law students’ use of defensive pessimism. Previous researchers have suggested that defensive pessimism may benefit law students academically. Defensive pessimism is a strategy that involves setting low expectations and reflecting extensively on what could go wrong in connection with a future event in order to manage anxiety and improve performance. However, up until now, law students’ use of defensive pessimism has not been empirically studied.

We investigated law students’ use of defensive pessimism. Contrary to the suggestions of other scholars, we did not find statistically significant relationships ...


Faith-Based Law Schools: Making Mission Matter, Veryl Victoria Miles Jan 2017

Faith-Based Law Schools: Making Mission Matter, Veryl Victoria Miles

Scholarly Articles and Other Contributions

A faith-based law school offers unique values to the legal profession and larger community. However, this faith-based identity requires attention by the dean, faculty, administration, student body, and community. Without attention to a faith-based identity, a law school can quickly lose its religious uniqueness.

This Article makes the case that a faith-based law school needs to consider “the essentials” to making its mission matter. First, the faith-based school must make a mission statement that incorporates its church’s religious values and traditions. Second, the faith-based law school needs to create a mission-based environment. This environment can only be achieved if ...


Risks And Rewards Of Externships: Exploring Goals And Methods, Leah Wortham, Linda F. Smith, Jeff Giddings Jan 2017

Risks And Rewards Of Externships: Exploring Goals And Methods, Leah Wortham, Linda F. Smith, Jeff Giddings

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This article grew from a presentation relating externship clinical programs to the theme of the July 2016 International Journal of Clinical Legal Education and Association of Canadian Legal Education conference: The Risks and Rewards of Clinical Legal Education Programmes. Externships or field placement programs involve students placed away from the law school and supervised by a person who is not employed by the law school. Externships offer many potential rewards for students as well as other stakeholders, including especially community institutions. But there are also risks—risks that the externship will be expected to accomplish too much with too few ...