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Looking At You Looking At Me Looking At You: Learning Through Reflection In A Law School Clinic

Kenny, M.A., Styles, I. and Zariski, A. (2004) Looking At You Looking At Me Looking At You: Learning Through Reflection In A Law School Clinic. eLaw Journal: Murdoch University Electronic Journal of Law, 11 (1).

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This paper describes an exercise in reflection by staff, students and researchers on clinical legal education conducted in the SCALES clinic of Murdoch University School of Law at Rockingham in Western Australia.

Our guiding metaphor for this work (derived from one Schon (1983) uses) was the clinic as a multi-faceted mirror in which all participants (students, supervisors and clients) can see themselves reflected in the reactions of others to what they say and do, as well as in their own, internal mirror. Our principal focus was students: exploring what the process of reflection on the part of students can add to their learning in clinical legal education. We sought to engage students in thinking about their experiences via three workshops specifically targeted at three aspects of clinical education - the student/supervisor relationship, issues about interacting with clients, and the assessment process. Simultaneously, our aim was to involve their supervisors in considering the same three major aspects, and for the researchers to critically evaluate the process by which they sought to engage students and supervisors in the reflective process.

Publication Type: Journal Article
Murdoch Affiliation: School of Law
Publisher: School of Law, Murdoch University
Copyright: The authors
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