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Can so-called “brain training” help law students?

The results of a pilot project at Texas Tech University School of Law suggest so. First-year law students who went through several training sessions on how to improve their executive functions were better able to interpret information, identify key information and express big picture concepts, according to a new paper on the study.

“If a lawyer’s brain is the lawyer’s main tool, it’s critical that we teach students how to use that tool effectively,” wrote former Texas Tech law dean Darby Dickerson, who is now dean at John Marshall Law School in Chicago. “Brain training is the missing gap in our program of legal education, and appears to be the key to helping students achieve their full potential. It can help them successfully complete the academic program, pass the bar examination, and build a successful life and career.”

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Karen Sloan

Karen Sloan is the Legal Education Editor and Senior Writer at ALM. Contact her at [email protected] On Twitter: @KarenSloanNLJ Sign up for Ahead of the Curve—her weekly email update on trends and innovation in legal education—here: https://www.law.com/briefings/ahead-of-the-curve/

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