Paul L. Caron

Tuesday, March 24, 2020

Hillary Clinton, 880,000 Others Have Viewed Arkansas Law Prof's Online Crim Pro Lecture


Karen Sloan (, With Law Students Jittery, Profs Try to Engage Them Online:

From amusing lecture videos to daily video chats with the dean, law schools are scrambling to provide student support and foster interaction amid 

Erwin Chemerinsky, dean of the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, has been holding a daily video chat this week for students, where they can ask questions about the school’s rapid move to online teaching and hear the latest news from campus.

Kellye Testy, the president of the Law School Admission Council, starts each online session of the seminar on law and leadership that she’s teaching as an adjunct this semester at Villanova University Charles Widger School of Law by asking her students how they are doing amid the coronavirus and social distancing before jumping into the class material.

And professors like Alex Nunn, at the University of Arkansas School of Law, are finding ways to make online lectures fun and engaging. Nunn’s first online Criminal Procedure II lecture on plea bargaining—featuring an appearance by his cat Bentley—is winning praise on Twitter and legal blogs for its cleverness and energy. In fact, Nunn’s lecture—which includes rock music over cheesy graphics—is so impressive that Hillary Clinton tweeted Wednesday that it’s “the most groundbreaking Crim Pro I’ve seen since I taught it at Arkansas myself (during the late Middle Ages, after the bubonic plague and before the coronavirus).”

It’s a brand new era for law schools as they navigate the transition from primarily brick-and-mortar institutions to those that function exclusively in the digital space. All 198 American Bar Association-accredited law schools have now canceled in-person classes and have moved courses online, or will do so in the coming weeks—some have already said they will remain online for the rest of the spring semester.

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