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First-Year Courses

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.

Michael Hunter Schwartz: If Students Aren't Learning

Michael Hunter Schwartz is a law professor at Washburn University School of Law. Here, he discusses the importance of eliminating or reformulating exercises that do not lead to student learning.

Michael Hunter Schwartz: Techniques I Use for Teaching

Michael Hunter Schwartz is a law professor at Washburn University School of Law. Here, Professor Schwartz describes the many teaching methods he uses within one class period to access the different learning styles of the students.

Gillian Hadfield: First Year Contracts

Gillian Hadfield is a law professor at USC Gould School of Law. Here, she provides an overview of her First Year Contracts class at the law school.

William Henderson: Reflective Practice

William Henderson is a professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Here, he discusses the importance of reflecting, refining, and learning from others.

William Henderson: The Legal Profession

William Henderson is a professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. This video provides an overview of the first year legal profession course he teaches.

Wes Porter: In Practice, Skills and Values Are Always at Issue

In this video, Professor Wes Porter discusses the skills and values he hopes students acquire through taking his course, White Collar Crime in Practice, offered at Golden Gate University School of Law. Professor Porter talks about certain skills emphasized in the class, including: fact...

Wes Porter: I Have a Duty to Balance the Prosecution and Defense Perspectives

Wes Porter teaches the first-year elective White Collar Crime in Practice at Golden Gate University. In this video, he discusses his responsibility in presenting both a defense and prosecution perspective to white collar crime. Further, he discusses the importance of exposing students who enter the...

Skills & Values: Lawyering Process, Legal Writing & Advocacy

Professor David Thomson of the University of Denver Sturm College of Law has publshed a new textbook entitled Skills & Values: Lawyering Process, Legal Writing & Advocacy . Thomson differentiates the book from traditional law school texts in three major ways. First, he wrote the text as a...

Review of Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook

The Legal Skills Prof Blog, written by law professors, reviews the quality of Professor Michael Hunter Schwartz’s textbook, Contracts: A Context and Practice Casebook . This review praises Professor Hunter’s emphasis on professional responsibility and practice-based learning through hypothetical...

Contracts Review Jeopardy - Contracts I and II

This review, formatted like the television game show Jeopardy , provides a comprehensive review of the first year contracts course at Washburn University School of Law. Addressing the issues of offer, acceptance, intention, meeting of the minds, and the case Lucy v. Zehmer , Professor Michael...

Student Work: Contracts Poem - Contracts I and II

This student work example summarizes the first year contracts course at Washburn University School of Law taught by Professor Michael Hunter Schwartz. Through humor and rhyme, the student demonstrates an understanding of fundamental doctrinal concepts learned in the course.