Friday, September 20, 2013

Integrating Skills Into Doctrinal Courses

One of the best ways of improving legal education is to integrate skills into doctrinal courses.  Professor Sarah E. Ricks has written an article on this subject, Integrating the Teaching of Doctrine and Skills: An Example Intended to Stimulate Ideas for Your Own Class.


This short piece is intended to generate ideas for integrating the teaching of skills in doctrinal classes. Simulating how lawyers use doctrine in practice can deepen students’ understanding of doctrine and of stimulate thinking about their future professional roles.

(Scott Fruehwald)

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I think is a good example of how to use active learning to better teach doctrine. My quibble is that other than simply having students draft interview questions, there is nothing to indicate that students are actually being taught the skill of interviewing. In my classes we are doing both, which means significant time is devoted to skills teaching as well as doctrine.

Posted by: Susan Apel | Sep 22, 2013 4:54:26 AM

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