November 27, 2010
legal writing job in Portland, OR
The Lewis and Clark Law School, in Portland, Oregon, anticipates a full-time Legal Analysis and Writing Professor to for the 2011-2012 academic year.
Applicants must have a law degree; an interest in teaching; excellent legal research, analysis, reasoning, writing and communication skills; and the ability to work both independently and cooperatively. Prior teaching experience is preferred, and at least two years of legal practice experience is required.
hat tip: Steve Johansen
November 26, 2010
Applying Transfer Theory to Law School Pedagogy
Professor Tonya Kowalski has published a new article called True North: Navigating for the Transfer of Learning in Legal Education. The article has a great discussion of applying transfer theory to law school pedagogy. It also contains an appendix with some useful exercises that can be tailored to fit any law school classroom.
Here's the abstract of her article:
As lifelong learners, we all know the feelings of discomfort and bewilderment that can come from being asked to apply existing skills in a completely new situation. As legal educators, we have also experienced the frustration that comes from watching our students struggle to identify and transfer skills from one learning environment to another. For example, a first-semester law student who learns to analogize case law to a fact pattern in a legal writing problem typically will not see the deeper applications for those skills in a law school essay exam several weeks later. Similarly, when law students learn how an equitable doctrine like unclean hands applies to a particular torts problem in one class, only the smallest percentage will then see the potential application for the doctrine in a contracts course with another professor. Fortunately, research in “transfer of learning” offers the legal academy tools to help students encode knowledge – whether doctrine or skills – in such a way that they know better when and how to retrieve it for later use.
This Article is the first to offer legal educators a comprehensive approach to the transfer of learning across the entire curriculum. It is also the first to propose that law schools should employ maps based on schema theory to help students encode knowledge for future transfer, as well as to conceptually integrate their courses. This approach uses meta-schema based on core lawyering skills—in both their abstract and applied forms—in order to help students attain a basic sense of orientation and to know how particular skills will manifest, depending on the contexts in which they are used. This “Core Skills Approach” then goes beyond the use of maps to encourage students to use maneuvers, including a wide array of transfer strategies, to cue previous knowledge across the conceptual bridges that span the distance between school and practice.
Recommended Citation: Tonya Kowalski, True North: Navigating for the Transfer of Learning in Legal Education, 34 SEATTLE U. L. REV. 51 (2010). You can download the article from the Seattle University Law Review page by clicking here.
Hat tip to Kurt Kruckerberg, Editor-in-Chief, Seattle University Law Review
legal writing job on Long Island
HOFSTRA UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW is accepting applications for a position as a professor of legal writing, a full-time faculty position with a renewable contract leading to eligibility for presumptively renewable five-year contracts. Applicants should have excellent legal research, writing and oral communication skills, as well as a JD degree. Hofstra is particularly interested in laterally hiring professors who already have significant experience teaching legal writing.
Send applications via e-mail to Betty J. Black at email@example.com. You'll need to attach a cover letter, CV, and writing sample. In the subject line, include the words "Legal Writing." For more information, you can contact Professor Andrew Schepard (Andrew.i.Schepard@hofstra.edu or 516-463-5890) or Richard Neumann (Richard.k.Neumann@hofstra.edu or 516-463-5881).
1. The position advertised may lead to successive five year contracts.
2. The professor hired will be permitted to vote in faculty meetings.
3. The school anticipates paying an annual academic year base salary in the range $70,000 - $89,999.
4. The number of students enrolled in each semester of the courses taught by the legal research & writing professor will be 41 – 45.
hat tip: Richard Neumann
Editing Exercises on Wordiness
We'll keep this brief. Scott Fruehwald (Hofstra) has uploaded some editing exercises on wordiness. Click here. Thanks Scott!
November 25, 2010
We wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. It is a great time to reflect on the people and things that are important in our lives, and how precious we are to each other.
November 22, 2010
advice from Justices Breyer and Scalia
Here at Texas Tech, we had an excellent third Sandra Day O'connor Lecture Series event last week with Justices Breyer and Scalia speaking to the community on Friday and then at the law school on Monday.
At the faculty lunch, I gleaned a couple of words of wisdom to share: from Breyer, tell students to "just keep on writing" in order to strengthen their legal writing skills. From Scalia, be thoughtful in choosing a law firm to start your career--choose one that gives balance and allows for family time and quality of life (he also made disparaging remarks about living by the billable hour).
The last time Scalia was here, I chatted with him about teaching legal writing, which he had done at the start of his academic career. He said quite emphatically that teaching legal writing well was MUCH harder than teaching contracts well b'c of all the commenting and feedback and b'c one had to be able to identify what a student was doing wrong and then be able to explain it to the student in a way that could help the student to improve. He, ah, sounded like one of us. :)