Active Learning and Law School Performance

Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 67-81, 2011

15 Pages Posted: 1 Jul 2011 Last revised: 18 Dec 2012

See all articles by Patricia W. Hatamyar Moore

Patricia W. Hatamyar Moore

St. Thomas University School of Law

Todd P. Sullivan

St. Thomas University - School of Law

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Date Written: 2011

Abstract

“Active learning” (AL) has recently become a cornerstone of the calls for reform in legal education in the United States. This article studies three years of data on a comprehensive AL program for first-year law students at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida in order to evaluate whether a student’s attendance at AL sessions improves his or her law school grades. Holding all other factors constant (such as undergraduate grade point average and Law School Admission Test score), we found that a student who attended all the AL sessions was expected to earn a cumulative first-year law school grade point average that is 0.47 grade points (on a 4.00 scale) higher than a student who attended none of the sessions. These results and similar statistical analyses of the database are presented.

Suggested Citation

Moore, Patricia W. and Sullivan, Todd P., Active Learning and Law School Performance (2011). Journal of Multidisciplinary Research, Vol. 3, No. 2, pp. 67-81, 2011. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1876246

Patricia W. Moore (Contact Author)

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Todd P. Sullivan

St. Thomas University - School of Law ( email )

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Miami, FL 33054
United States

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