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The Practice Readiness Project for Chicago-Area Law School Students

The Practice Readiness Project for Chicago-Area Law School Students, or PREP Class, was created in 2013. The focus of the project is to help law schools develop curriculum that better educates students and prepares them for legal employment upon graduation. PREP began with a survey sent out to...

Teaching Practical Legal Skills in a Strictly Classroom Setting

In this article, Chad G. Asarch discusses the Real Estate Transactions course he teaches, which emphasizes practical legal skills in a non-clinical, traditional classroom setting. In contemplating the structure of the course, Asarch analyzed the actual work practicing lawyers undertake in...

Teaching Law Students How to Become Metacognitive Thinkers

Metacognition is our awareness of the learning process. Understanding metacognition and how to use metacognitive skills is a major part of becoming a successful learner. This article shows how law professors can help their students understand metacognition and develop metacognitive skills.

CLEA Comment & Proposal to Require 15 Credits in Experiential Courses

This document was used as part of the "How Can Law School Accreditation and Bar Admissions Standards Facilitate Innovation in Legal Education?" session at the 2nd Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, entitled Connecting the Academy and the Profession. Published by the Clinical Legal...

Law-Firm Competency Models and Student Professional Success

This article was used as part of the "What Core Competencies Do Entry Level Lawyers Need?" session at the 2nd Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, entitled Connecting the Academy and the Profession. It examines empirical evidence on the core competencies that attorneys need, both at the...

Who's Eating Law Firms' Lunch?

This article was used as part of the "The Challenges Ahead: Changing the 'What' and 'How' of Legal Education at the Same Time" session at the 2nd Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, entitled Connecting the Academy and the Profession. It discusses the rise the legal services and legal-...

A Blueprint for Change

This article was used as part of the "The Challenges Ahead: Changing the 'What' and 'How' of Legal Education at the Same Time" session at the 2nd Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference, entitled Connecting the Academy and the Profession. The article discusses the financial viability of law...

A Critical Inquiry into the Traditional Uses of Law School Evaluation

This article argues that the institutional and faculty disinterest in law student evaluation is attributable in part to a triumph of formalism over functionalism. The evaluation process has become more highly valued for its perpetuation of rank and hierarchy than for its accuracy of measurement or...

Classroom Assessment Techniques for Law School Teaching

Frequent, timely and focused assessments may significantly improve individual student learning. These assessments may additionally improve faculty teaching by allowing the instructor to consistently monitor whether he or she is meeting teaching objectives. This resource provides assessment...

Describing the Ball: Improve Teaching by Using Rubrics

Assessment is crucial to effective teaching and learning. Carnegie's Educating Lawyers and Roy Stuckey's Best Practices for Legal Education emphasize the importance of assessment. This article explains how detailed, written grading criteria describing what students should learn and how they will be...

A Legal Education Renaissance

This article presents the history of legal education, criticisms, research, learning theory, and innovative educational models in one place. They are interrelated and provide the basis for realistic solutions to the problems facing legal education, a legal education renaissance. Through the use of...

Incorporating Adult Learning Theory into Law School Classrooms

This article explores aspects of adult learning theory that can be easily applied to law school teaching. It briefly addresses the landscape of legal education today: the traits of law students, pressures to change legal education, and the need to make legal education more effective. After...

Expanding Our Classroom Walls: Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Technology

The authors of this article seek to provide thoughtful, learning-objective-based uses of technology in legal classrooms. Three factors led the authors to want to integrate technology in a useful way: 1) the trend in legal practice toward the use of more technology, 2) the technological expertise of...

The Tech Evolution: Change or Die

Cisco Systems attorney Laura Owen offers nine resolutions for law departments and firms to adapt to the changing legal atmosphere, from commoditizing routine legal transactions to measuring the success of tech innovations, that could keep departments current on the latest legal trends, technology,...

Teaching with Technology: Is the Pedagogical Fulcrum Shifting?

In her article, Camille Broussard discusses the transition in legal education that has come with advances in technology. Given that the law school population has changed with students’ knowledge and familiarity with technology and the internet, Broussard argues that the traditional format of law...