Literature & Models to Integrate Doctrine and Skills in Law Schools
28 Pages Posted: 8 Oct 2011
Date Written: October 6, 2011
To succeed in law school, students must self-regulate their learning, demonstrate problem-solving ability, and evince mastery of doctrine. Legal problem-solving is taught implicitly in every doctrinal class-room, but many law schools teach the skills explicitly only within the context of Academic Success.
Some educational psychology research and independent law school studies suggest that teaching skills and cognitive strategies within the context of doctrine leads to better outcomes for students.
This issue of The Learning Curve features a number of articles on existing approaches to integration. To place the pieces included in this newsletter in context, this introductory article provides a short overview of some of the relevant literature on integration, as well as a brief outline of the different integration models currently in use.
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