Live Blogging from the Best Practices for Legal Education Seminar

Today at Albany Law School in Room 200:

9:30 a.m. – 10:45 a.m. Pedagogy and Course Goals – Audio – click HERE.
speakers for Dec 5 conference   
Corrine Roth Smith, Syracuse University, School of Education
—–updated curriculum: added technology courses, deleted redundancy, added ESL courses
—–what knowledge students get from an activity is important
—–developed rubrics for the outcomes, applied activities from all courses to them
—–students receive rubrics at the beginning of the course
Terri Ward, The College of Saint Rose, School of Education – Data-Driven Decision-Making in Higher Education
—–professional outcomes+targeted & measurable learning activities+effort=successful learning
—–today’s students are comfortable with technology – need to engage them and provide interaction
—–students are graded through rubrics – students provide data to support the outcomes
—–iwebfolio – students complete a portfolio

11 a.m. – 12 p.m. Setting Measurable Goals for Law Student Teaching – Audio – click HERE.
speakers for Dec 5 conference 
Roy T. Stuckey, Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law, University of South Carolina School of Law; Author, Best Practices For Legal Education
—–law profs-generally self-centered, privileged
—–law schools -faculty-centered, not student-centered
—–Carnegie Report assessed legal education – final exam is not the best way to assess students, underassessing skills
—–goals not understood by law profs – not changed since 1972
—–should be the same as the goal of all professional education
—–Stephen Bahls – contributes to the goals of legal ed of the future – ABA emphasis on student learning outcomes
—–new draft for 1-9-10 meeting – Standards 301-304
—–302 – identify, define, disseminate outcomes, outcomes are indicated
—–we need to provide feedback to students periodically
—–we need to be more creative in providing students practical clinical experience

12 p.m. – 1:30 p.m. “Curriculum Reform and Outcome Based Legal Education”
speakers for Dec 5 conference 
Thomas F. Guernsey, President & Dean, Albany Law School
–great analogies to the “Perfect Storm”

1:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. Workshops

2:30 p.m. – 3 p.m. Reports from Workshops & Closing Remarks


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