Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Spotlight on the University of Denver Lawyering Process Program

The Harvard Law School: The Case Studies Blog recently featured the University of Denver's Lawyering Process Program.

The article begins, ''In the first-year Lawyering Process Program at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, students are encouraged to 'lean forward' while learning and jump into their identities as lawyers."  The article continues: "A cornerstone of the Denver program is feedback: from peers, professors, practitioners, and personal reflection. Rubrics break down assignments into discrete skills, with the goal of producing 'work [that] would need very little revision for a supervising attorney to use.' The program also self-evaluates, and recently scaled down its class sizes in response."

The article concludes: "Though Lawyering Process offers all of the content of a legal research and writing class, Thomson and his colleagues have re-envisioned the way material is presented. Thomson is a proponent and proud implementer of technology and innovation in the legal classroom, using iPads, clickers, wikis, and Case Map to make learning more interactive. The Lawyering Process program has also experimented with flipped classrooms and distance education. He explained, 'We have to prepare students for their future, not our past.'"

You can read the entire post here.

(Scott Fruehwald)

P.S. The Harvard Law School: Case Studies Blog contains numerous helpful articles on legal education.

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