Law School Lifelines: A Game Show-Themed Review Exercise as Alternative Teaching Method
Journal of Legal Education, Volume 63, No. 2, November 2013
9 Pages Posted: 8 Feb 2014
Date Written: February 6, 2014
In this short pedagogical article, Prof. Mulroy recommends the use of game-show-themed review exercises to engage law students. He describes one such exercise which he has used successfully for years: a “Who Wants To Be A Millionaire?” game. All students write Easy, Medium, and Hard review questions, and volunteers serve as Judges and Contestants, who have such “Lifelines” as a “poll the class,” “50/50 guess,” and “call on a friend” options as they try to correctly answer three Easy, three Medium, and three Hard questions. If they get a question wrong, they get a prize which varies depending on how far they advanced; if they get all correct, they become the “Millionaire” of the class and earn a semester pass from cold-calling. Both Prof. Mulroy’s experience and student surveys indicate that students find the exercise both fun and educational, prefer it to other review formats, and even enjoy writing the review questions (which often border on the humorous).
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