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Pepperdine University School of Law

Friday, July 28, 2017

Weekly Legal Education Roundup

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.

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