Thursday, July 28, 2011

A Teaching Primer for New (and Not So New) Professors

I remember the helpful training I received when I started teaching. Wait! That’s right! I didn’t get and helpful training. It was sink or swim, with occasional bits of advice from other profs. Except for the AALS’ week long summer program for new professors, the non-training is still largely the way it has always been.

Let me recommend a new book by Wolters Kluwer (Aspen): “Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching” by Professors Howard Katz and Kevin Francis O’Neill. This thin book is a very helpful and detailed guide for the newbie teacher who is looking for sound advice from designing a syllabus to grading the exam.

Let me also mention three books on teaching by a group of talented teachers: Steve Friedland, Gerry Hess, Michael Hunter Schwartz, and Sophie Sparrow (Carolina Academic Press).


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Thanks for the shout-out.
The Katz/O'Neill book is available at NO CHARGE from your Aspen rep.
It is also available on ssrn and on bepress, and as a Kindle download on for a small charge.
I would also recommend the Best Practices for Legal Education book, available as a free download at
(or google best practices for legal education).

Posted by: Howard Katz | Jul 30, 2011 12:55:28 PM

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