School Missions & Visions
By: Professor Pamela Armstrong
List of goals that applicants to law school want to fulfill (in no special order and some may not apply to every student):
- I want to see Justice done.
- I want to stand for the helpless.
- I want to belong to a profession, not an industry.
- I want to move or change the way our society conceptualizes “law” to account for the amalgam of cultures in our society.
- I want to be able to put our culture’s ideas about “rule of law” against other cultures’ ideas, compare and maybe push for growth or something better.
- I want to challenge the adversarial nature of our system as having gone too far from being representative to something else, and I need a way to expand my thinking.
- I want to be part of the shrinking “market place of ideas.”
Sub-needs or sub-wants – the skills applicants would like to develop:
- I want to find a better way to solve problems and disputes.
- I want to think critically so that I can see the fallacies in positions, be aware of inherent inconsistencies in and weak foundations for ideas, and be prepared to stand up and challenge proponents of such flawed arguments.
- I want to be able to move seamlessly between the legal regimes of many cultures.
- I want to make my profession better than the generation before me.