Academic Research and Writing as Best Practices in a 'Practically Grounded' Land Use Course
Matthew J. Festa
South Texas College of Law; U.S. Army Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School; Rice University
November 1, 2011
Pace Environmental Law Review Online Companion, Vol. 2, p. 49, 2011
Land use is a discipline that involves diverse academic, practical, and social perspectives; it is also an ideal subject for applying nontraditional teaching methods, including those suggested by the “best practices” movement in legal education. In this article -- a contribution to the “Practically Grounded” conference on teaching land use and environmental law -- I suggest that a scholarly research and writing focus can help students develop their practical and analytical skills and values while achieving “best practices” goals in the context of a doctrinal land use course. In the article I set forth a pedagogical basis for including an academic writing component in a doctrinal land use course, and I discuss the experience of teaching a large land use class with a significant research and writing component. The benefits from an academic writing focus may also apply to teaching in other doctrinal fields.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 20
Keywords: land use, environmental law, teaching, legal writing
JEL Classification: K11
Date posted: November 4, 2011
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