Building A Solid Foundation Before Week 1

By Louis Jim, Assistant Professor, Albany Law School One year ago, I began teaching Introduction to Lawyering, which is the required 1L course on legal analysis, communication, and research at Albany Law School. The textbook I used, like many “legal writing” textbooks, provided information about the types of legal authorities (primary or secondary) and weight…

Getting to Know Your Students

By Sandra Simpson, Gonzaga University School of Law This post can be found on the “Law Teaching” section of the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning website. “I had some time today to post a blog post with a teaching idea on getting to know your students and starting to build a learning community in…

Fostering Student Success: Part I Challenges Posed by Changing Times and...

By Sara J. Berman, Director of Academic and Bar Success Programs at the AccessLex Institute’s Center for Legal Education Excellence; SSRN author page https://ssrn.com/author=2846291 Law school culture is shifting; the days of the hundred percent final exam are giving way to a culture that emphasizes routine midterms, quizzes, polling, and other formative assessment.  This is…

Best Wellness Practices: Student Edition

Before I started my first year of law school, I was warned countless times about the grueling workload, the lack of sleep, the long days, and the overall toll that school would take on my physical/mental health. I was told that I would be kissing my social life goodbye and I would not be able…