Describing the Ball: Improve Teaching by Using Rubrics – Explicit Grading Criteria

Michigan State Law Review, Vol. 2004, p. 1, 2004

56 Pages Posted: 15 Mar 2010

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Sophie M. Sparrow

University of New Hampshire School of Law

Date Written: June 11, 2004

Abstract

Assessment is crucial to effective teaching and learning. Carnegie's Educating Lawyers and Roy Stuckey's Best Practices for Legal Education emphasize the importance of assessment. This article explains how detailed, written grading criteria describing what students should learn and how they will be evaluated should be a central part of law teachers' assessment plans. The article details how rubrics can improve law student learning, and contains both detailed, step-by-step directions on creating rubrics and examples of rubrics from many different law school courses.

Keywords: assessment, rubrics, teaching, student engagement, professionalism

Suggested Citation

Sparrow, Sophie M., Describing the Ball: Improve Teaching by Using Rubrics – Explicit Grading Criteria (June 11, 2004). Michigan State Law Review, Vol. 2004, p. 1, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1569041

Sophie M. Sparrow (Contact Author)

University of New Hampshire School of Law ( email )

Two White Street
Concord, NH 03301
United States

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