Increasing Critical Engagement - How to Get Students to Get Serious

December 7, 2018 | 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Northeastern University School of Law, 240 Dockser Hall

Increasingly, law schools and law students are recognizing the importance of skills teaching. Law students in particular understand the critical role that skills learning has in their law school career, as preparation for co-ops, internships and post-graduate employment. But the practice of law is evolving, and the student body is changing. How can we adapt our teaching to meet these new demands? What innovations can we adopt to make our teaching even stronger so that students stay engaged in their learning?

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Program Schedule At-a-Glance

Friday, December 7, 2018

Northeastern University School of Law

8:00 a.m.

REGISTRATION AND BREAKFAST

8:45 a.m.  

WELCOME

James Hackney, Dean (Northeastern University School of Law)
Margaret Hahn-DuPont, Program Administrator, LSSC (Northeastern University School of Law)

9:00 a.m.

PEDAGOGICAL APPROACHES

Irina Gott and Olivia Milonas (Roger Williams University School of Law)
Reimagining the LRW Syllabus: Turning the “Due” into a “To Do” to Reflect Legal Practice and Maximize Student Motivation and Self-Direction 

Elizabeth Bloom (Northeastern University School of Law)
Creating Desirable Difficulties: Strategies for Reshaping Teaching and Learning in the Legal Skills Classroom

10:30 a.m. 

INCORPORATING SOCIAL JUSTICE ISSUES

Meg Holzer and Susan Greene (Brooklyn Law School) 
The Elephant in the Case: Using Problem-Based Fact Patterns to Encourage Students to Confront and Discuss Bias 

Adam Todd (University of Dayton School of Law)
Integrating International Human Rights into the First-Year LRW Course

11:00 a.m.

BREAK

11:15 a.m. 

TEACHING EXERCISES 

Danielle Tully (Suffolk University School of Law) 
Collaborative Case Development for Simulated Legal Writing Problems 

Natasha Varyani (New England Law School) 
Review and Revise: Encouraging Long-Form Self Evaluation to Produce More Complete and Efficient Legal Analysis

12:15 p.m.

THE STRUCTURE OF LEGAL ANALYSIS

Aimee Saginaw (Univ. of the District of Columbia School of Law) 
A Winning Game Plan: Using Sports Metaphors to Teach Legal Writing Paradigms

Maureen Van Neste (Boston College School of Law)
#Shareyourrejections: Using an Example of Effective Non-Legal Communication to Introduce the Concept of Empathy for the Legal Reader’s Needs 

1:15 p.m.

LUNCH

2:15 p.m.

LEARNING BEYOND THE CLASSROOM

Marni Goldstein Caputo and Laura D’Amato (Boston University School of Law)
Podcasts and Court Visits: Engaging Students Through Exposure to Skills in Practice 

Robert Volk and Brian Flaherty (Boston University School of Law)
Integrating the Library into the First-Year LRW Course 

Kevin Bennardo and Alexa Chew (Univ. of North Carolina School of Law) 
Citation Stickiness

3:45 p.m.

TEACHING DIFFERENT STUDENTS

Julie Baker (UMass School of Law)
Teaching Emerging Adults: The Need for Context

Liliana Mangiafico (Northeastern University School of Law) 
Teaching A Challenge From A Challenge: A Non-Native Professor’s Perspective On Teaching LRW.

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