Chapter 23. Transactional Lawyering, in Learning from Practice

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Sturm College of Law


Practice, Externship, In-house, Clinic, Experiential, Handbook, Manual, Planning, Supervision, Working, Bias, Cultural difference, Reflection, Communication, Ethics, Ethical issues, Judgment, Client relationships, Collaboration, Writing, Presentations, Judiciary, Judicial, Public interest, Public service, Transactional, Identity, Well-being, Career satisfaction


The third edition of Learning From Practice covers topics relevant to law students working in real practice settings, including externships, in-house clinics, and other experiential courses. Intended for use in course seminars and tutorials, each chapter helps students succeed in their work, reflect on their development, and plan for their lives as lawyers. The book starts with topics common to all real world experience: planning to meet goals, working under supervision, observing carefully, communicating effectively, understanding bias and cultural difference, and reflection. The book offers detailed coverage of ethical issues in experiential coursework including a new chapter on professionalism. A group of chapters address key lawyering abilities such as good judgment, client relationships, collaboration, writing for practice, and making presentations. This edition expands coverage of important practice areas including judicial, criminal justice, public interest, public service, and transactional practices. The closing chapters turn to the future and focus on developing professional identity, maintaining well-being, finding a job and career, and the future of the profession. Throughout, the book encourages students toward self-direction, reflection, dialogue and collaboration, critical assessment of law practice, and well-being and career satisfaction

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Copyright is held by West Academic Publishing. User is responsible for all copyright compliance. This book chapter was originally published as STACEY L. BOWERS ET AL., Chapter 23 to LEARNING FROM PRACTICE (Leah Wortham et al. eds., 3d ed. 2016).

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