Pragmatic Reform of Legal Education: New Horizons (Volume
A work in progress
A One Semester Family Law Class
Family Law (the law of Divorce, Adoption and Child Custody) is extremely
well suited for a practicum oriented class. First, most students
have had some experience with Family Law. Second, the class
can provide 70% of the average law students with a set of skills and knowledge
that they will find useful in "real" legal practice. Third,
it is well suited to legal drafting oriented discussions of legal issues.
The Para-Clinical Approach
Many classroom approaches to teaching law fail by not providing any "practical"
or applied knowledge. Many clinical programs are unable to manage and direct
the educational experience with sufficient precision. The Para-Clinical or
Paraclinical Approach attempts to address those issues.
Professor Glesner Fines has put together a wonderful collection of substantial
resources and materials covering almost every aspect of teaching from lecture
approaches, handling teaching assistants, creating exams (and grading
them) to multicultural and other issues. Well done.
AALS Teaching Methods Section
The beginning of what should be an excellent resource.
More Material for Creating a Consensus Reality:
Stephen R. Marsh