Making a Great Second Impression: Overcoming a Rough Start in Law School Classes

The Second Draft, Volume 31, No 1: Spring 2018

5 Pages Posted: 29 Nov 2018

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Joe Fore

University of Virginia School of Law

Emily Grant

Washburn University School of Law

Date Written: Spring 2018

Abstract

Law professors know the importance of starting strong — beginning the semester in a way that sets the tone for a motivated and productive class. But despite our best intentions, sometimes we fail to make the great first impression we all hope for. And sometimes things gradually drift off track. Maybe it’s due to mismatched expectations. Or maybe it’s an ineffective assignment or activity that causes student motivation to stagnate or wane. Or maybe it’s due to a personality clash between instructor and students. What can law professors do to get a course back on course? To address these questions, this article draws on existing pedagogical and psychological literature about resetting impressions and expectations to help get things back on track.

Keywords: legal education, legal pedagogy, legal writing

Suggested Citation

Fore, Joe and Grant, Emily, Making a Great Second Impression: Overcoming a Rough Start in Law School Classes (Spring 2018). The Second Draft, Volume 31, No 1: Spring 2018, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3277738

Joe Fore (Contact Author)

University of Virginia School of Law ( email )

580 Massie Road
Charlottesville, VA 22903
United States

Emily Grant

Washburn University School of Law ( email )

1700 College Avenue
Topeka, KS 66621
United States

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