Preserving Law School’s Signature Pedagogy and Great Subjects
Nelson P. Miller
Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
CUNY School of Law; Western Michigan University Cooley Law School
May 1, 2009
Michigan Bar Journal, Vol. 88, No. 5, p. 46, 2009
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 4
Keywords: legal education, reform, pedagogy, Socratic, curriculum, traditional, advocacy
Date posted: November 19, 2011
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