Friday, April 21, 2017
- ABA Journal, Despite recent bar passage rate of 23 percent, Whittier Law profs fight to keep school open
- ABA Journal, UC Berkeley and its former law dean settle suit over unwanted touching
- Above the Law, The Top Law Schools With The Best Employment Outcomes
- Elizabeth M. Bloom (New England), Creating Desirable Difficulties: Strategies for Reshaping Teaching and Learning in the Law School Classroom, 95 University of Detroit Mercy L. Rev.
- Adam Bonica (Stanford), Adam S. Chilton (Chicago), Kyle Rozema (Northwestern) & Maya Sen (Harvard), The Legal Academy's Ideological Uniformity
- Kenneth D. Chestek (Wyoming), Fear and Loathing in Persuasive Writing: An Empirical Study of the Effects of the Negativity Bias, Legal Communication & Rhetoric: JALWD, Vol. 14, 2017
- Paul Horwitz (Alabama), The Legal Academy Becomes More Like the Rest of the Academy, Part XVIIII
- Peter Joy (Washington University), ABA Standard 405(C): Two Steps Forward and One Step Back for Legal Education, JLE, Vol. 66, No. 3, 606 (2017)
- Deborah Jones Merritt, Ruth Colker, Ellen E. Deason, Monte Smith and Abigail B. Shoben (all Ohio State), Formative Assessments: A Law School Case Study
- National Law Journal, Berkeley Law, Ex-Dean Settle Suits Over Alleged Sexual Harassment
- Melissa H. Weresh (Drake), Best Practices for Protecting Security of Position for 405(c) Faculty, JLE, Vol. 66, No. 3, 538 (2017)
Most important article of the week: Deborah Jones Merritt, Ruth Colker, Ellen E. Deason, Monte Smith and Abigail B. Shoben, Formative Assessments: A Law School Case Study. Several scholars posted excellent legal education articles on SSRN this week. I choose the Merritt article for my article of the week because it is on the most important subject. This article and other studies on formative assessment demonstrate that the use of formative assessment produces significant improvement in the retention of knowledge and the ability to use it. I believe that formative assessment is especially important for first-year classes because that is where law students learn the basics of legal reasoning and how to apply legal reasoning to facts.
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