Practicing Civility in the Legal Writing Course: Helping Law Students Learn Professionalism

Academic Article


  • This Article suggests some concrete ways to teach civility— one component of professionalism—to law students. Professionalism certainly includes much more than civility, incorporating the concepts of ethics, morals, public service, life-long learning, personal integrity, professional identity, and a commitment to self-development. This Article begins with a brief overview of civility in Part I. Part II provides a few of the many arguments for why we should teach law students to be civil. Part III explores some concrete ways in which we can teach civility within individual classes, using the dynamics of student engagement in the classroom as an opportunity to identify goals, practice, and receive feedback.
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    Publication Date

  • 2007
  • Keywords

  • civility
  • law students
  • professionalism
  • student engagement
  • Start Page

  • 113
  • End Page

  • 158
  • Volume

  • 13