Friday, July 28, 2017
- ABA Journal, Distance Learning Standards Under Consideration by ABA Legal Ed Section
- ABA Journal, Texas Southern's law school receives ABA public censure after sex discrimination allegations
- Robert Anderson (Pepperdine), Save Law Students Tens of Millions of Dollars: Opt Out of New Casebook Editions
- Alina S. Ball (Hastings), Primary Care Lawyers: A Holistic Approach to Pro Bono Business Lawyering
- Jennifer M. Cooper (Tulane) & Regan A. R. Gerung (Wisconsin-Green Bay), Smarter Law Study Habits: An Empirical Analysis of Law Learning Strategies and Relationship with Law GPA
- E. Scott Fruehwald (Legal Skills Prof Blog), 6th Annual Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers Conference
- Emily Grant (Washburn), Beyond Best Practices: Lessons From Tina Stark About the First Day of Class, 95 Or. L. Rev. 397 (2017)
- Eileen Kaufman (Touro), Andi Curcio (Georgia State), & Carol Chomsky (Minnesota), A Better Bar Exam—Look to Upper Canada?
- Law.com, Who Says California's Bar Exam Is Too Tough? Would-be California Lawyers Flock to Take July Bar Exam
- Frank McIntyre (Rutgers) & Michael Simkovic (USC), Timing Law School, 14 J. Empirical Legal Stud. 258 (2017)
- Michael Simkovic (USC), Is California’s Bar Examination Minimum Passing Score Anti-competitive?
Comment: I have frequently advocated that law students need to change their study habits in light of research by educators. (e.g., here) I have argued that self-testing, retrieval, spaced studying, elaboration, interleaving, and problem-solving work better than rereading and rote memorization. Now, a law teacher and a cognitive psychologist have done an empirical study of law school learning techniques, and they have come to the same conclusion.
Jennifer M. Cooper (Tulane) & Regan A. R. Gerung (Wisconsin-Green Bay), Smarter Law Study Habits: An Empirical Analysis of Law Learning Strategies and Relationship with Law GPA
Considering this study and the wealth of research by general education scholars, it is clear that law schools must teach their students new study habits. This be be done in a one-hour session on orientation with supplemental reading assignments. Such effort will greatly improve law students' ability to remember, understand, and use legal knowledge.