Preserving Law School’s Signature Pedagogy and Great Subjects

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

4 Pages Posted: 19 Nov 2011  

Nelson P. Miller

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Heather Garretson

CUNY School of Law; Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Date Written: May 1, 2009

Abstract

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.

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

Suggested Citation

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: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1961679

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

CUNY School of Law ( email )

695 Park Avenue
New York, NY 10021
United States

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )

111 Commerce
Grand Rapids, MI 49503
United States

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