October 23, 2007
Ann Althouse's Advice for Erwin Chemerinsky: Structure Law School Like a Video Game
Set the whole thing up according to the principles of a video game.
I'm not kidding. When I went to law school, I did not know what the hell I was doing. I was undereducated — having majored in painting undergrad. I had a rebellious, alienated attitude and had no friends or family who had gone through the experience who could give me any sort of advice. Somehow, I hit upon the device of thinking of law school as an "athletic contest." I devised a set of rules and imagined myself to be playing a game. I didn't do this because I was very competitive. I considered myself an artist. (I still do.) I did it because I thought everyone else was competitive, and I'd be overwhelmed by them. My conception of the experience as a game gave me pleasure, serenity, motivation — and success.
But imagine a law school where the whole thing was openly structured as an elegant game, designed to absorb and hold everyone's attention and to yield motivating rewards along the way.
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It sounds like a good idea until you receive your first choose-your-own-adventure final exam that has only one right answer.
Posted by: Apep | Oct 22, 2007 9:05:23 PM