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Sturm College of Law


Legal education, Experiential learning, Learning styles, Career interest


This article is divided into four parts. First, some general observations on what led us to think about our research differently-the importance of career relevance with attention to students interested in a business-related career. Second, an overview of our ongoing study of students and experiential learning at Denver Law-a study designed to follow an incoming class as it goes from first year to last and into the practice of law. Third, through the lens of career interest, an analysis of 1L Denver Law students' preferred style of learning and their views on experiential learning. Fourth, a corresponding analysis of Denver 3/4L students with a twist. Where the 1L analysis explores learning style and experiential learning as students enter law school, the 3/4L analysis explores these matters as they are finishing. The 3/4Ls were asked to look back on their time at Denver Law with regard to experiential learning and compare to themselves as 1Ls.

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Originally published in David I. C. Thomson & Stephen Daniels, Looking Back: A Case Study of Career Interest and Experiential Learning in Law School, 56 WILLAMETTE L. REV. 283 (2020). Copyright is held by the authors. User is responsible for all copyright compliance.