'The Millennials are Coming!': Improving Self-Efficacy in Law Students Through Universal Design in Learning

33 Pages Posted: 12 Jun 2015 Last revised: 24 Apr 2017

Jason Palmer

Stetson University College of Law

Date Written: 2015

Abstract

The Millennial generation has arrived in law school. This new generation of self-confident and extremely high-achieving learners merits a new interdisciplinary approach to legal education. Some institutions have explored formative assessments and regulated self-learning to improve academic success. Other universities have looked to universal design, specifically universal design in learning or universal design in instruction, as a mechanism for furthering educational goals for their students. All agree that a lack of self-efficacy can prevent Millennial students from overcoming challenges in their educational growth, and that high self-efficacy, the ability to put forth effort and persistence to successfully accomplish a goal, will lead to better learning outcomes and is a powerful predictor of educational success. None, however, have paired the theories of self-regulated learning and universal design in instruction as a vehicle to improve self-efficacy in the law school classroom. This article is the first to address the unique intersection of these learning theories and their potentially positive impact on self-efficacy for today’s learners.

Keywords: millennial, law students, legal education, universal design

JEL Classification: I2,K00

Suggested Citation

Palmer, Jason, 'The Millennials are Coming!': Improving Self-Efficacy in Law Students Through Universal Design in Learning (2015). Cleveland State Law Review, Vol. 63, 2015; Stetson University College of Law Research Paper No. 2015-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2616879

Jason Scott Palmer (Contact Author)

Stetson University College of Law ( email )

1401 61st Street South
Gulfport, FL 33707
United States
727-562-7326 (Phone)

Register to save articles to
your library

Register

Paper statistics

Downloads
163
rank
168,818
Abstract Views
737
PlumX