Infusing Passion and Context into the Traditional Curriculum Through Experiential Learning
Deborah A. Maranville
University of Washington School of Law
September 1, 2008
Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 51, No. 1, March 2001
NYLS Clinical Research Institute Paper No. 09/10 #17
This article argues that infusing experiential education into the traditional law school curriculum can improve law students' learning. Experiential learning can help feed students' souls by nourishing the passions and values that directed them toward law school, provide context for doctrinal learning that will both engage students and help them learn more effectively and assist in providing two-way feedback and assessment for what students are actually learning in the classroom. These effects can help avoid the decline in engagement so typical of the second and third year law student experience. The article provides concrete examples and suggestions for how and when to incorporate experiential learning.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 25
Keywords: legal education, experiential learning, clinic, clinics, passion, context, simulation, motivation, career satisfaction, spiral curriculum
JEL Classification: CMBOAccepted Paper Series
Date posted: September 19, 2008 ; Last revised: December 11, 2012
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