Learning in law school is essentially self-directed.
Most of your learning will happen outside of the classroom and independently
of myself or any other professor. In fact, many professors, (myself included)
will test you on significantly more than can ever be covered in class.
My role is to structure my course in such a way as to facilitate your self-directed
learning. I do that through the following: detailed
syllabus, assignments and cooperative
A. Detailed Syllabus
The syllabus for this course consist of this webpage
and connected webpages. The syllabus is an important study tool. It provides
you with specific guidelines as to my expectations regarding what you should
learn, what skills and understanding I value and how I organize the content
of the course. However, the syllabus is not a contract and I retain the
right to modify it at my discretion.
Assignments consist of both readings and
videos. The assigned reading provides
you with the opportunity not only to
obtain rule and process information.
The assigned readings serve as a basis
for discussion. It is
my expectation that you will be
thoroughly familiar with the assignment
and completely prepared for class
The primary teaching technique in this
class is cooperative problem-solving. In this class, cooperative
learning will be used to:
C. Classroom Instruction Using Cooperative
During the past 90 years over 600 research
studies have been conducted comparing the effectiveness of
cooperative, competitive and individualistic efforts. These
studies have been conducted by a wide variety of researchers in
different decades with different age subjects, in different
subject areas and in different settings. More is known about the
efficacy of cooperative learning than about the so- called
"Socratic method" or lecturing.
|teach specific content,|
|ensure active cognitive processing
during class and |
|provide long-term support and
assistance for academic progress.|
From this research you may expect that
the more you work in cooperative learning groups the more you
will learn, the better you will understand what you are learning,
the easier it will be to remember what you learn, and the better
you will feel about yourself, the class, and your classmates.