Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Our four-week Summer Entry Program is in full swing. This year, we have 15 students beginning the 1L class through the program. We talked about stress management in the early days of the course, but I knew they would hit the first "real" stress point after taking a one-hour quiz on legal reasoning and the legal system at the end of week one.
Although I made in-class remarks to prepare them for the differences in law-school testing and the reality that some of them would receive lower grades than they expected, I wanted to provide them with information from another source. Therefore, I gave each student a copy of Larry Krieger's The Hidden Sources of Law School Stress. Larry Krieger is a professor at Florida State University School of Law and is well-known in the humanizing legal education efforts (also known as balancing legal education).
A number of the students commented afterwards that they appreciated the resource. Several mentioned that they had read it several times during the week and that it would stay handy on their bookshelves for later reference.
We have ordered a copy this year for each of our 1L students. We also have extra copies for any 2L or 3L who requests a copy (a sample is posted on the OASP bulletin board). If you have never checked out the booklet, Larry's website is Humanizing Law School Booklets. There are two booklets available: one on stress in law school and one on career choices. Our Career Services staff ordered the second booklet to distribute to our law students. (Amy Jarmon)
Monday, July 30, 2007
I would like to recommend a book on legal argument that you may have overlooked. Wison Huhn at the University of Akron School of Law is the author of The Five Types of Legal Argument. The book was published in 2002 by Carolina Academic Press. Will is very interested in making law accessible to our students, is actively involved in teaching/learning discussions, and has been selected as Outstanding Professor of the Year on five occasions.
This book is a resource that can be helpful to law students in all three years of law school. However, it was intended to assist the first-year law student who is trying to figure out the "art" of legal argument. The first half of the book deals with an introduction to the foundations of legal argument. The second half of the book details intra-type arguments and cross-type arguments. This book may be a good addition to your legal reasoning courses, your suggested books for prospective law students, or your own library. (Amy Jarmon)