Is it possible to go from Zero to 60? An evaluation of one effort to build Belief, Capacity, and Community in Street Law Instructors in One Weekend

Seán Arthurs, Melinda Cooperman, Jessica Gallagher, Dr Freda Grealy, John Lunney, Rob Marrs, Richard Roe

Abstract


“From Zero to Sixty: Building Belief, Capacity, and Community in Street Law Instructors in One Weekend”,[1] offered guidance in how to prepare law students to teach Street Law through an annotated step-by-step outline of a unique weekend orientation program developed and field-tested by the seminal Georgetown Street Law program and delivered in partnership with the Law Societies of Ireland and Scotland. Although this seminal paper provided scholars and practitioners with invaluable resources, recommendations, and insights, readers left this original paper with a critical unanswered question: Does this orientation program actually work?

In the present paper, we strongly answer that question in the affirmative. We briefly revisit our original paper as context and then present, share, and discuss both quantitative and qualitative data gathered to evaluate how effectively the orientation program accomplished its stated goals of building belief, capacity, and community in Street Law instructors in one weekend.  The results derived from the data collected in both Ireland and Scotland evidence a series of powerful outcomes that support the orientation program’s efficacy and impact. We hope that the transformative change in attitudes and student growth measured over the course of the weekend will act as a catalyst to practitioners seeking to prepare the next generation of Street Lawyers and launch the next wave of Street Law programs.

 

[1] Arthurs, S., Cooperman, M., Gallagher, J., Grealy, F., Lunney, J., Marrs, R., & Roe, R. (2017). From Zero to 60: Building Belief, Capacity and Community in Street Law Instructors in One Weekend. International Journal of Clinical Legal Education, 24(2), 118-241


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DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.19164/ijple.v1i1.639

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