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A More Rigorous Approach to Teaching the Reasoning Portion of Case Analysis

The first skill that law schools teach their students is case briefing or case analysis. However, law schools often teach this skill superficially. In this paper, the author presents a more rigorous approach to case analysis, by including in the reasoning section the types of reasoning (rule-based...

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.

Techniques for Teaching Law 2

Designed for law teachers who want to improve their teaching and students' learning, this book offers general teaching principles and dozens of concrete ideas. The first two chapters present foundational principles of learning and instruction as well as insights from students. The next 12 chapters...

Techniques for Teaching Law

Techniques for Teaching Law is designed to assist law teachers with the learning and teaching processes. It utilizes two primary tools: explanations of teaching and learning theories, and practical ideas for implementing those theories in the classroom. Hess and Friedland begin each chapter with a...

How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School: Expanded Edition

This trade book demonstrates the real connection between classroom activities and learning behavior. This edition includes far-reaching suggestions for research that could increase the impact that classroom teaching has on actual learning and offers new research about the mind and the brain that...

Teaching Law by Design: Engaging Students from the Syllabus to the Final Exam

Professors Michael Hunter Schwartz, Sophie Sparrow, and Gerry Hess, three leaders in the teaching and learning movement in legal education, have collaborated to offer a new book designed to synthesize the latest research on teaching and learning for new and experienced law teachers. The topics...

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...