Friday, January 1, 2021
Here is my annual list of the best legal education articles of the previous year. If you have any favorites you would like to add, please feel free to use the comments.
- Kevin Bennardo (UNC), Legal Writing's Harmful Psyche
- Darby Dickerson (Dean, UIC John Marshall Law School), AALS President’s Message, Abolish the Academic Caste System
- Darby Dickerson (Dean, UIC John Marshall Law School), AALS President’s Message, President’s Message: Promoting Candor
- J. Lyn Entrikin (Arkansas-Little Rock), Lucy Jewel (Tennessee), Susie Salmon (Arizona), Craig T. Smith (North Carolina), Kristen K. Tiscione (Georgetown) & Melissa H. Weresh (Drake), Treating Professionals Professionally: Requiring Security of Position for All Skills-Focused Faculty under ABA Accreditation Standard 405(c) and Eliminating 405(d)
- Jessica Erickson (Richmond), A New Series of Posts on Remote & Physically Distanced Teaching – Preparing for the Fall and Famous Last Words
- Mary Walsh Fitzpatrick & Rosemary Queenan (Albany), Professional Identity Formation, Leadership and Exploration of Self.
- Neil W. Hamilton (St. Thomas), Mentor/Coach: The Most Effective Curriculum to Foster Each Student's Professional Development and Formation
- Julie Interdonato (Cardozo), The Consummate Legal Education: Teaching Analysis as Doctrine
- Robert R. Kuehn (Wash U), Refuting the False Trope on Clinical Courses and Bar Passage
- Adam Lamparello (Former Associate Dean of Experiential Learning, Indiana Tech), The Flaws of Implicit Bias — And the Need for Empirical Research in Legal Scholarship and in Legal Education
- Jaime Lee (Baltimore), From Socrates to Selfies: Legal Education and the Metacognitive Revolution
- James Levy (Nova SE), A technique (not) for helping students transfer knowledge and the fallacy of common sense
- Harold Anthony Lloyd (Wake Forest), Why Legal Writing is 'Doctrinal' and More Importantly Profound
- Nancy B. Rapoport (UNLV), Training Law Students to Maintain Civility in Their Law Practices as a Way to Improve Public Discourse
- Raul Ruiz (FIU), Leveraging Noncognitive Skills to Foster Bar Exam Success: An Analysis of the Efficacy of the Bar Passage Program at FIU Law
Two Important Reports on Legal Education from 2020
This ABA Commission Report is probably the most important statement on Legal Education since the "Carnegie Report" and "Best Practices" appeared in 2007. It contains a bold plan, which urges legal education reform now.
Weekly Legal Education Roundup:
- AAUP, Higher Ed Faculty Data Highlight Tenure, Pay Disparities Faced By Women And People Of Color
- ABA Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar, 2019-2020 Annual Report: The Year in Review
- Paul Caron (Dean, Pepperdine), Fall 2021 Law School Admissions Update: Applicants Are Up 31%, With Biggest Increases Among The Highest LSAT Bands And Applicants Of Color
- Paul Caron (Dean, Pepperdine), My New Year's Wish For 2021
- Scott Galloway (NYU), The Secret To Success: Don't Follow Your Passion. Become A Tax Lawyer.
- Mark Kende (Drake), The Law School Gambit: Five Ways Chess Can Make You A Better Law Student (And Lawyer)
- Derek Muller (Iowa), 1L Academic Dismissals Drop 53% After Spring Semester Pass/Fail Grading
- Office of the Managing Director of Accreditation and Legal Education, ABA Section Of Legal Education And Admissions To The Bar, Mode Of Instruction At 199 Law Schools During The 2020-21 Academic Year: 41% Online, 35% In-Person, 24% Hybrid