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Professional Formation Questions

Based on the belief that character and integrity are developed through expression, mentoring and the exercise of principled decisions, over the course of the first year, the Parris Institute will create opportunities for each law student to think deeply about life's most important questions within the challenging new context of becoming a lawyer.

Exercises in Self-Awareness (Character Formation)

  • Who am I?
  • What do I believe?
  • What controls my life?
  • What do I want in life?
  • How do others see me?
  • How do I handle rejection?
  • How do I handle success?
  • WHAT DO I WANT SAID OF ME?

Exercises in Relational-Awareness (Cultural Formation)

  • Who do I trust?
  • How do I relate to others?
  • Who do I listen to?
  • How do I deal with conflict?
  • What kind of leader am I?
  • WHAT DO I WANT SAID OF MY CLASS?

Exercises in Social-Awareness (Conviction Formation)

  • What difference do I want to make?
  • What difference can lawyers make?
  • What does the world need?
  • Where does injustice thrive?
  • How can I make a difference?
  • WHAT IMPACT DO WE WANT OUR CLASS TO HAVE?