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Pepperdine University School of Law

Friday, April 21, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

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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