University of Denver

The Challenge of Carnegie's Recommendation for More Pervasive “Professional Identity Formation”

Former Senior Director

Professor Ben Madison explores how students develop their “professional identities,” –as recommended by the Carnegie report—through journaling assignments.  Journals, he observes,  help students appreciate the need for mentorship, experience the challenge of balancing client confidences with obtaining meaningful help with ethical concerns, and determine what kind of lawyers they want to be.

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