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Preserving Law School’s Signature Pedagogy and Great Subjects


Nelson P. Miller


Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Heather Garretson


Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

May 1, 2009

Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 88, No. 5, p. 46, 2009

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In this co-authored article, the authors argue that in their rush to reform legal education consistent with the recommendations of the Carnegie Foundation report "Educating Lawyers," law schools should not reject their signature Socratic Examination pedagogy or foundational first-year subjects. Tort law, contracts, criminal law, property law, and constitutional law are foundations for any civil society. The first-year curriculum of law schools prepares lawyers to become responsible citizens and effective practitioners. Socratic Examination as a signature pedagogy develops professional identity and advocacy skills. Law schools should balance reforms with valuing their current practices.

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Keywords: legal education, reform, pedagogy, Socratic, curriculum, traditional, advocacy

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Date posted: November 19, 2011  

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Miller, Nelson P. and Garretson, Heather, Preserving Law School’s Signature Pedagogy and Great Subjects (May 1, 2009). Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 88, No. 5, p. 46, 2009. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1961679

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Nelson Pierce Miller (Contact Author)
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )
111 Commerce S.W.
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States
HOME PAGE: http://www.cooley.edu/faculty/miller_nelson.html
Heather Garretson
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )
111 Commerce
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States
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