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How to Improve Student Ratings in Legal Writing Courses: Views from the Trenches

12 Pages Posted: 10 May 2007  

Judith D. Fischer

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law

Abstract

This article reports a study about student ratings of professors (sometimes called "student evaluations of teaching"). Survey respondents were teachers of legal writing in U.S. law schools. Their advice about improving teaching included being prepared for class, respecting the students, and caring about the students. Advice tailored specifically to the student ratings included being "upbeat," not giving grades before the students complete the evaluation forms, and laying groundwork before presenting unpopular topics.

The article also includes references to biases and negative effects of student ratings.

Keywords: Student ratings, student evaluations, law school, bias, negative effects, teaching, professor, instructor, law student, legal writing, grades, preparation for class, respect students, unpopular topics

JEL Classification: I20, J44, K10

Suggested Citation

Fischer, Judith D., How to Improve Student Ratings in Legal Writing Courses: Views from the Trenches. University of Baltimore Law Review, Vol. 34, p. 199, 2004. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=984316

Judith D. Fischer (Contact Author)

University of Louisville - Louis D. Brandeis School of Law ( email )

Wilson W. Wyatt Hall
Louisville, KY 40292
United States

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