As a Last Resort, Ask the Students: What They Say Makes Someone an Effective Law Teacher

51 Pages Posted: 13 Oct 2006  

James B. Levy

Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad College of Law

Abstract

My article discusses the results of a 300+ law student survey that asked them to describe the personality traits, classroom behaviors and personal characteristics that they believe makes someone an effective law teacher. The survey shows that law students at all levels desire a teacher who sets high standards, is an expert in her field, projects confidence in her knowledge of the subject matter, and has a passion for teaching. Students disfavor teachers who allow class discussion to stray, who engage them in activities outside of school and who treat them with disrespect.

Keywords: law student survey, effective teaching, law school teaching, education, socio-emotional

Suggested Citation

Levy, James B., As a Last Resort, Ask the Students: What They Say Makes Someone an Effective Law Teacher. Maine Law Review, Vol. 58, No. 1, p. 50, 2006. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=937107

James B. Levy (Contact Author)

Nova Southeastern University - Shepard Broad College of Law ( email )

3305 College Avenue
Ft. Lauderdale, FL 33314
United States

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