Wednesday, March 13, 2013

New Books in Carolina Academic Press's Context and Practice Series

I have written many times on this blog about the innovative volumes in Carolina Academic Press's Context and Practice Series.  CAP continues to issue new books in this series.  Among the most recent tomes are:

Administrative Law: A Context and Practice Casebook by Richard Henry Seamon

Constitutional Law: A Context and Practice Casebook by David Schwartz and Lori Ringhand

Professional Responsibility: A Context and Practice Casebook by Barbara Glesner Fines

There are also forthcoming volumes on Common Interest Communities Law, International Business Transactions, Torts, Wills, and Workers' Compensation.  Among the topics covered by existing books in the series are Contracts, Civil Procedure, Sales, Evidence, Constitutional Litigation, Employment Discrimination, International Women's Rights, and the Lawyer's Practice.

CAP describes the series as:

"A few principles are core to the series’ vision. Best Practices recommends that law professors set high expectations, "engage the students in active learning,” “give regular and prompt feedback,” “help students improve their self-directed learning skills,” “employ multiple methods of instruction,” and, in particular, “use context-based instruction.” Educating Lawyers argues that law professors need to do a better job helping students build practice skills and develop their professional identities.

Accordingly, the books in this series:

  • Provide resources, such as multiple-choice question banks and essays with answers, designed to make it easier for professors to provide students opportunities for practice and feedback;
  • Focus on problem-solving in simulated law practice contexts across a wide range of practices, including both advocacy and transactional practices;
  • Include teachers’ manuals that make it easy to use multiple methods of instruction and to emphasize active learning;
  • Guide students’ development of self-directed learning strategies;
  • Incorporate learning objectives and doctrinal overviews and situate topics in the law practice contexts in which they arise;
  • Include questions that prompt readers to question, reflect, and analyze as they read;
  • Provide exercises that require students to reflect on the roles of lawyers and their own professional development;
  • "Integrate self-regulated learning skills and exercises; and
  • Help students to discover links between what they are learning and real life."

Using these books in your classes is an easy way of incorporating the new learning of the Carnegie Report, Best Practices, and other sources on legal education reform into your classes.  You can find more information here.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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