Professor Organ, who taught one of my orientation courses, wrote an article titled “From Those to Whom Much Has Been Given, Much is Expected: Vocation, Catholic Social Teaching, and the Culture of a Catholic Law School.”
The article addressed the traditional atomistic, competitive, and money hungry culture of law schools, and suggested ways in which a Catholic law school can improve the system. He proposes a series of questions that students, faculty, and staff should be asking themselves to help determine whether they are “successful” in a law school culture guided by the concept of multiple vocations. These questions have already proved inspirational to me, and I hope that you’ll enjoy asking these questions of yourself, too.
*Nothing in this course was presented in a “preachy” way, so I hope it doesn’t come off as such*
1. Am I using my gifts and talents to improve my knowledge and skills to be of service to others in my various roles as student, spouse, parent, child, friend, coworker, volunteer?
2. Am I fulfilling my responsibilities as a member of the communities with whom God has placed me— particularly the poor and marginalized within and beyond my immediate communities?
3. Am I becoming uni-dimensional or am I attending to the many aspects of my person that make me special?
4. Am I doing something to benefit the “common good”?
5. Am I taking time to discern how God may want me to use my gifts and talents—and the legal knowledge and skills I am developing in law school—to build up God’s kingdom?
These questions, while clearly based in a religious context, are inspirational even with all Godly references removed. I added the emphasis on the word various, as this is one of the hardest balances to maintain, for me personally.