The Association of American Law Schools asked legal academics to describe innovative teaching methods and curricula, and more than 100 faculty members answered the call. Here are a few examples:
• University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law professor David Bogen uses a computer program called the Critical Review Examination System to improve the feedback students receive about essay questions. Students respond to a question, and the program leads them through a series of additional questions, based on that answer, that are designed to spark further analysis and a better understanding of the issues.
• Loyola Law School, Los Angeles professor Therese Maynard teaches a course called Business Planning: Financing the Start-up Business and Venture Capital Financing. In the role of lawyers, students help launch a hypothetical start-up company.
• Indiana University Maurer School of Law – Bloomington professor Amy Applegate runs a family and children mediation clinic in partnership with faculty and students in the university’s Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences. The two sides collaborate to address violence and abuse through family law mediation.
• Faculty at the University of North Carolina and the University of Cincinnati College of Law jointly offer a course called Becoming a Professional that uses distance-learning technology. It covers changes in the legal profession, encourages students to reflect on their professional paths and requires students to work in teams on projects.
• St. Thomas University School of Law associate professor Ira Nathenson uses online role-playing simulations in his Cyberlaw class. The students play associates in a law firm, and Nathenson the firm managing partner, opposing counsel and client.