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Intensive Teaching in Law Subjects

Ian Ramsay

University of Melbourne - Law School; Centre for International Finance and Regulation (CIFR)

January 19, 2011

U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 523

The use of intensive teaching is increasing in Australian law schools. For some Australian law schools, most of their masters subjects are now taught on an intensive basis. This article reviews the literature on intensive teaching. The observation is made that there has been little discussion in the literature of the merits of such teaching in law schools. The article also reports the results of a statistical analysis comparing the student evaluations of a subject in the masters program of an Australian law school that was taught on an intensive basis with the student evaluations of the same subject taught by the same teacher across a full semester. Finally, the article reports the results of interviews with teachers at one Australian law school that makes extensive use of intensive teaching in its masters program. The teachers identify successful teaching techniques and they also identify some challenges with intensive teaching.

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Date posted: January 22, 2011 ; Last revised: December 16, 2012

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Ramsay, Ian, Intensive Teaching in Law Subjects (January 19, 2011). U of Melbourne Legal Studies Research Paper No. 523. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1743865 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.1743865

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Ian Ramsay (Contact Author)
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