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What The Best Law Teachers Do

Author : Michael Hunter Schwartz
ISBN : 9780674728134
Genre : Law
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This pioneering book is the first to identify the methods, strategies, and personal traits of law professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. Modeling good behavior through clear, exacting standards and meticulous preparation, these instructors know that little things also count--starting on time, learning names, responding to emails.

Book Review What The Best Law Teachers Do By Michael Hunter Schwartz Gerald F Hess Sophie M Sparrow

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What The Best Law Teachers Do. By Michael Hunter Schwartz, Gerald F. Hess & Sophie M. Sparrow. Cambridge, Massachusetts and London, England, Harvard University Press, 2013, 368 pp. ISBN: 9780674049147 Published by the Harvard University Press in August 2013, the book 'What the Best Law Teachers Do' is a qualitative and 'systematic, rigorous study of excellent law teachers' written by Professors Michael Hunter Schwartz, Gerald F. Hess and Sophie Sparrow. After visiting the law schools of the profiled teachers, the authors observed their classes, read their scholarships, solicited input from the students and alumni and interviewed the subjects themselves, before analyzing the teaching techniques, attitudes and personal qualities of 26 U.S. law professors who were nominated by their students or colleagues. Despite the differences amongst the teachers in their areas of expertise, the location of their home institutions or the size of the classes they teach, the authors share a number of similarities. Most importantly, these teachers are passionate about teaching and facilitating the success of their students as aspiring legal professionals. Worldwide, efforts to reform legal education are changing the way law courses have been taught for centuries. Greater emphasis on problem-solving, critical thinking and acquisition of practical skills is deemed necessary for students to compete effectively in the transnational legal market and to assume the various roles required by contemporary lawyers. The book's authors, who have taught, lectured and served as consultants across the globe, suggest that characteristics of excellent teachers transcend location and culture. This review concludes by briefly examining whether this statement applies equally to law teachers in the Asian region.

Teaching Law By Design For Adjuncts

Author : Sophie Sparrow
ISBN : STANFORD:36105134522387
Genre : Law
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Professors Sophie Sparrow, Gerry Hess, and Michael Hunter Schwartz, 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 adjunct law professors. The book begins with basic principles of teaching and learning theory, provides insights into how law students experience traditional law teaching, and then guides law teachers through the entire process of teaching a course. The topics addressed include: how to plan a course; how to design a syllabus and select a text; how to plan individual class sessions; how to engage and motivate students, even those tough-to-crack second- and third-year students; how to use a wide variety of teaching techniques; how to evaluate student learning, both for the purposes of assigning grades and of improving student learning; and how to be a lifelong learner as a teacher.

Techniques For Teaching Law 2

Author : Gerald F. Hess
ISBN : 1594607508
Genre : Education
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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 address classroom dynamics, technology, questioning, discussion, collaborative learning, experiential learning, feedback, assessment, and continued development for teachers. Each of these 12 chapters introduces the topic based on educational research and then offers classroom-tested exercises, approaches, material, and methods contributed by veteran teachers. The co-authors/editors, Gerald Hess (Gonzaga), Steven Friedland (Elon), Michael Hunter Schwartz (Washburn), and Sophie Sparrow (New Hampshire) are experts in legal education pedagogy. Techniques for Teaching Law 2 retains the format of the first volume, but introduces new content and new ideas that instructors of any level and background will find useful.

The Socratic Method Today

Author : Lee Trepanier
ISBN : 9781351245807
Genre : Political Science
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This exciting new textbook provides a sophisticated examination of the Socratic method for teaching political science students in higher education. It shows how the Socratic method is employed in the Platonic dialogs, compares its transformative approach to other student-centered teaching philosophies, and addresses the challenges of adopting the Socratic method in the contemporary classroom. The book is divided into three sections that integrate these practical aspects on the Socratic method with the theoretical considerations of Socratic philosophy while also addressing contemporary concerns about teaching and learning in higher education. Section One explores how the Socratic method is portrayed by Socrates in Plato’s dialogs. Section Two compares the Socratic method with modern and contemporary accounts of teaching and learning. Section Three examines some of the contemporary challenges of practicing the Socratic method in the university classroom today and how teachers can overcome them. Written in a clear and engaging style, this timely intervention is essential reading for upper undergraduate students enrolled in courses that specialize in pedagogical techniques, political theory, Socratic philosophy, and law.

The Trouble With Lawyers

Author : Deborah L. Rhode
ISBN : 9780190217228
Genre : Law
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By any measure, the law as a profession is in serious trouble. Americans' trust in lawyers is at a low, and many members of the profession wish they had chosen a different path. Law schools, with their endlessly rising tuitions, are churning out too many graduates for the jobs available. Yet despite the glut of lawyers, the United States ranks 67th (tied with Uganda) of 97 countries in access to justice and affordability of legal services. The upper echelons of the legal establishment remain heavily white and male. Most problematic of all, the professional organizations that could help remedy these concerns instead jealously protect their prerogatives, stifling necessary innovation and failing to hold practitioners accountable. Deborah Rhode's The Trouble with Lawyers is a comprehensive account of the challenges facing the American bar. She examines how the problems have affected (and originated within) law schools, firms, and governance institutions like bar associations; the impact on the justice system and access to lawyers for the poor; and the profession's underlying difficulties with diversity. She uncovers the structural problems, from the tyranny of law school rankings and billable hours to the lack of accountability and innovation built into legal governance-all of which do a disservice to lawyers, their clients, and the public. The Trouble with Lawyers is a clear call to fix a profession that has gone badly off the rails, and a source of innovative responses.

Legal Education

Author : Ms Caroline Strevens
ISBN : 9781472412591
Genre : Law
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Demonstrating how simulation can be constructed and developed for learning, teaching and assessment, the text argues that simulation is a pedagogically valuable and practical tool in teaching the modern law curriculum, and discusses the claim that this form of experiential and problem-based learning enables students to integrate the ‘classroom’ experience with the real world experiences they will encounter in their professional lives. The study is based on contributions from law teachers within the UK, Australia, Hong Kong, South Africa and the USA, as well as the authors own experiences in teaching law.

What The Best College Teachers Do

Author : Ken Bain
ISBN : 9780674065543
Genre : Education
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Winner of the Virginia and Warren Stone Prize awarded annually by Harvard University Press for an outstanding book on education and society What makes a great teacher great? Who are the professors students remember long after graduation? This book, the conclusion of a fifteen-year study of nearly one hundred college teachers in a wide variety of fields and universities, offers valuable answers for all educators. The short answer is—it's not what teachers do, it's what they understand. Lesson plans and lecture notes matter less than the special way teachers comprehend the subject and value human learning. Whether historians or physicists, in El Paso or St. Paul, the best teachers know their subjects inside and out—but they also know how to engage and challenge students and to provoke impassioned responses. Most of all, they believe two things fervently: that teaching matters and that students can learn.

From Expectation To Experience

Author : James Boyd White
ISBN : 0472087819
Genre : Education
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A reflection on law as an intellectual and ethical pursuit

Effective Learning And Teaching In Law

Author : Roger Burridge
ISBN : 9781135726973
Genre : Education
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Effective Learning and Teaching in Law will provide all law teaching professionals with practical, authoritative guidance and advice on the successful teaching of their subject in both university settings and as part of professional training and practice. Written to promote the development of and recognition of the professional role of the law teacher, this book will help educators equip law students of law with the intellectual and practical skills required to succeed in their studies. Key coverage includes assessment, the design and planning of learning activities, the use of IT in legal education and developing suitable learning environments. The book is edited by a leading team of legal educators for the UK Centre for Legal Education (UKCLE) at the University of Warwick, and includes expert contributions from leading figures in the field. It will be essential reading for anyone involved with legal education today and will be particularly relevant for those developing their teaching career, or seeking professional accreditation.

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