Using a Case-Progression Approach to Mapping Learning Outcomes and Developing Assessments

54 Pages Posted: 3 Apr 2017  

Jeanette Buttrey

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Laura Dannebohm

Indiana Tech - Law School

Vickie Eggers

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Joni Larson

Indiana Institute of Technology - Indiana Tech Law School

Mable Martin-Scott

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

Kimberly E. O’Leary

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School

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Date Written: February 26, 2017

Abstract

New accreditation rules for law schools require each accredited law school to develop program outcomes and demonstrate that the institution regularly assesses students to determine whether they are meeting the program outcomes. One approach to achieving this process is to link JD program outcomes to professional skills in a case progression analysis. Faculty can then use the case progression analysis to develop outcome measures and assessment tools in individual law school courses. This paper explains new accreditation requirements, explores learning theory that backs this approach, suggests the case progression model, and provides tools for professors to develop assessments in a range of courses to determine whether students are achieving the outcomes. The authors provide examples from a variety of courses to demonstrate the assessment tools.

Keywords: Assessment, Outcomes, ABA, Legal Education

Suggested Citation

Buttrey, Jeanette and Dannebohm, Laura and Eggers, Vickie and Larson, Joni and Martin-Scott, Mable and O’Leary, Kimberly E., Using a Case-Progression Approach to Mapping Learning Outcomes and Developing Assessments (February 26, 2017). University of Detroit Mercy Law Review, Vol. 95, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2943739

Jeanette Buttrey

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )

300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States

Laura Dannebohm

Indiana Tech - Law School ( email )

1600 E. Washington Blvd.
Ft. Wayne, IN 46803
United States

Vickie Eggers

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )

300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States

Joni Larson (Contact Author)

Indiana Institute of Technology - Indiana Tech Law School ( email )

1600 E. Washington Blvd
Fort Wayne, IN 46804
United States

Mable Martin-Scott

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )

300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States

Kimberly E. O'Leary

Western Michigan University Thomas M. Cooley Law School ( email )

300 S. Capitol Avenue
P.O. Box 13038
Lansing, MI 48901
United States

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