At a time when law schools are being urged to add experiential learning opportunities to their curricula, law reviews may have been overlooked because the need is so obvious. Producing a journal is a professional endeavor requiring leadership by student editors who are in the process of forging their professional identity. Law schools have a responsibility to teach critical professional skills as part of the pedagogy to shape future lawyers. This article summarizes the need for law schools to provide experiential learning opportunities, unpacks the criticism faculty authors have heaped on student-led law reviews, and the describes a symposium-style training session for student editors to identify and build the leadership skills that foster the values the legal profession strives to uphold.
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GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-20; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-20
Thornton, Karen, Using the Student-Edited Law Review to Teach Critical Professional Skills (2016). Karen D. Thornton, Using the Student-Edited Law Review to Teach Critical Professional Skills, 40 J. Legal Prof. 163 (2016). ; GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2018-20; GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2018-20. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3168764