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Who am I?: Using reflective practice and self-determination to redefine ‘employability’ in legal education

Brooman, SD and Stirk, SK (2020) Who am I?: Using reflective practice and self-determination to redefine ‘employability’ in legal education. Liverpool Law Review, 41. pp. 79-98. ISSN 0144-932X

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This study examines the value of undergraduate law students undertaking structured and assessed reflective practice as part of their studies, in the context of competing notions of employability. We discuss existing use of reflective practice in law and other disciplines, highlighting the different approaches and perspectives on its value. Students in this study engaged in reflection as part of a first year core module aimed at improving retention and performance, followed by a second year option module aimed at personal development in relation to employability and business skills following a work placement. We examine students’ perceptions of reflective practice and discuss how these relate to extant literature. We suggest that reflective practice is a very personal experience that can greatly benefit law students beyond their capacity to be employable. We suggest that reflective practice for law needs to be re-thought in relation to its intended purpose, taking cognisance of experience outside law to inform best practice. We propose that reflective practice should focus on developing the whole person, and discuss this in light of debate over the function of higher education. We suggest that the reinforcement cycle of personal and professional reflective practice in this study has the potential to be high impact practice in legal education as defined by Professor George Kuh.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: 1801 Law
Subjects: K Law > K Law (General)
Divisions: Law
Publisher: Springer
Date Deposited: 24 Feb 2020 11:28
Last Modified: 13 Jan 2022 12:15
DOI or ID number: 10.1007/s10991-020-09240-5
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/12305
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