Thursday, January 14, 2010
- You must be tenured or tenure track faculty at a U.S. CALI member law school.
- You must submit a one-page outline of each chapter for review and approval by an editorial committee.
- Your $500 stipend is paid upon completion of each chapter.
- All chapters will be reviewed by the CALI Editorial Board prior to publication.
- CALI will publish all chapters under a Creative Commons Attribution license to allow other faculty, students, and even the public to use your materials in their learning and teaching.
- There are limited funds available – CALI may limit the number of chapters we commission.
- It is acceptable and even welcomed for faculty to donate chapters for inclusion and publication in the Legal Education Commons.
I think this is a wonderful project, empowering faculty to assemble various chapters contributed to the repository into a customized book for their courses. The allure of free course materials for students is particularly compelling in light of skyrocketing law school tuition and uncertain job prospects for law grads. And the $500 per chapter is quite generous for authors -- for the average casebook with 40-50 chapters, that translates to $20,000 - $25,000, which is more than many tax casebooks generate for their authors in royalties. (Disclosure: I am Vice-President of the CALI Board of Directors.)
This is a pilot project to explore new methods of educational delivery. For this project, a “chapter” is defined as the amount of material that a student is expected to read in preparation for one hour of class. Submissions for publication must include teaching notes and end-of-chapter comments and questions to assist other faculty in the adoption of your material for their courses.