THINK LIKE A (WHOLE) LAWYER
the facilitator must be acting purposefully and intentionally in the spirit of
The focus of this essay now turns to how law schools can use transfor-
mative learning theory to train law students on how to assess the values
and beliefs of their clients and think in a manner that is more inclusive, dif-
ferentiating, permeable, critically reflective, and integrative of experience. It
will also propose ways of encouraging self-reflection on intrinsic motivators
that can help with career satisfaction.
III. Transformative Learning in Law Schools
As mentioned in the introduction, several law professors are currently en-
gaging in transformative learning, such as Professor Jason Meek of Berke-
ley Law who uses transformative learning theory in his Negotiations class
Professor Robin Wellford-Slocum of Chapman University School of Law in
her legal research and writing program and her Dispute Resolution and
Client Interviewing courses, and Professor Robert Bickel of Stetson Univer-
sity College of Law in his Constitutional Law and the Civil Rights Movement
It is important to note that these three professors are intentional and
purposeful in implementing transformative learning. However, learning that
9 Edward W. Taylor,
Fostering Transformative Learning
(Jack Mezirow & Edward W. Taylor eds., 2009).
10 Jason Meek
11 The current author facilitates Prof. Bickel’s course by focusing on creating the transfor-
mative environment and assisting the professor to develop transformative learning.