How to Be the World's Best Law Professor

64 Journal of Legal Education 542 (2015).

20 Pages Posted: 23 Oct 2014 Last revised: 10 Jun 2015

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Warren Binford

Willamette University College of Law

Date Written: January 21, 2015


This essay is based on a TedX-style presentation at the 2014 Ignite Law Teaching Conference organized by LegalED and hosted at American University Washington College of Law. The presentation summarized some of the latest and most consistent findings in educational research about which teaching and learning methods increase retention and comprehension and which ones do not, and then compared them to the dominant methods used in legal education. The results challenge legal educators who are committed to their students' success to reconsider their own teaching practices, their advice to students regarding effective study methods, as well as the current structure of legal education overall.

Keywords: Legal education, law schools, education, pedagogy, reform

JEL Classification: I00, I20, I21

Suggested Citation

Binford, W. Warren Hill, How to Be the World's Best Law Professor (January 21, 2015). 64 Journal of Legal Education 542 (2015).. Available at SSRN: or

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