law student engagement isn't about bums on seats

Law student engagement isn’t about bums on seats

Imagine you're standing in a seminar room of 20 students. Or perhaps it's a lecture theatre of 300 students. Looking around, you can see students watching you. Others stare at their screens, at their phones or off into the distance. How many would you say were 'engaged'? And how would you tell? A recent summary …

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Creating law school 'moments'

Creating law school ‘moments’

I recently came across a post on Education Week - 'The Secret to Student Engagement' - written by Chip and Dan Heath. The editors identified it as one of their '10 Big Ideas in Education'. It's a short summary of their book 'The Power of Moments'. Their argument is simple - 'meaningful experiences ... stand …

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Could collaborative planning improve law students’ performance?

Imagine for a minute that you are running your own law school. Got it? Now imagine a wealthy philanthropist gifted you $80 million to improve your law students' performance. But there's a condition. You have to spend the money on individual law teachers' salaries and development. No-brainer right? You'd think that student achievement would improve. …

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Law school 'imposters' need allies not accomplices

Law school ‘impostors’ need allies not accomplices

Do a quick search of 'impostor syndrome'. What did you find? What about 'impostor syndrome in law school'? That produces some worrying results. There is a mountain of advice about how self-professed 'impostors' - law students, lawyers and academics - can heal themselves. A lot of it is good advice about talking to other people. …

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