Affordable Content in Legal Education

Law Library Journal, Forthcoming

31 Pages Posted: 15 May 2020 Last revised: 8 Oct 2020

See all articles by Connie S. Lenz

Connie S. Lenz

University of Minnesota - Twin Cities - School of Law

Date Written: April 28, 2020


Law schools can assist their students by adopting more affordable content in courses while continuing to meet pedagogical goals. Part II of this article provides a summary of the affordable content movement that is taking place at colleges and universities across the country. Given that many options for affordable content rely on digital resources, Part III provides a brief summary of recent research on the impact of material format — print vs. digital — on student performance and learning. Recognizing that law school learning outcomes are heavily dependent upon critical legal reading skills, Part IV explores the distinctive nature of law school reading and the complex critical reading skills required for success in legal education. Part V discusses affordable content options for law schools, and Part VI addresses ways in which law librarians can promote and support the implementation of these options. The article concludes with recommendations for future research, and by encouraging law school administrators, faculty members, and librarians to explore and adopt affordable content options when possible.

Keywords: Affordable Course Content, Legal Education, Open Access Casebooks, Digital Casebooks, Legal Reading, Law Libraries

Suggested Citation

Lenz, Connie S., Affordable Content in Legal Education (April 28, 2020). Law Library Journal, Forthcoming, Available at SSRN: or

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