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, assigned readings and discussion questions and
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
Many of the assignments will be on the
do not panic if the course web site and/or conferencing site are not
working. This happens occasionally and, in almost all instances, is
only a temporary situation. The best advice is just to wait and try
again later. TIP: DO NOT WAIT TILL THE LAST MINUTE TO PREPARE FOR
Guided Discussion is a non-hierarchical
verbal interaction among a group of
persons on a specified topic with a
purpose. There are several benefits to
the discussion method as a technique in
First, good discussion can provide an
active learning role. Research shows
that students learn more and retain
learned information longer when their
role in the learning process is active.
Second, good discussion encourages
students to listen to and learn from
each other. Discussion encourages
cooperative learning rather than
Third, discussion involves high level
thinking, critical thinking skills.
Fourth, discussion exposes students to
viewpoints other than their own.
Fifth, discussion helps to develop oral
advocacy and other skills.
Sixth, discussion provides an
opportunity for students to bring their
opinions and feelings to the study of