Thursday, December 6, 2018
Do you have a great (or merely good) teaching idea that relates to legal research or writing? Have you contemplated how AI might affect, or be incorporated into LRW pedagogy? Are you a law librarian working for a firm, court or other public office that has some ideas to share about helping your customers better find legal information? Those ideas or anything in between could be the acorn from which a mighty article can grow and if you're inclined to write it up, Perspectives: Teaching Research and Writing may be interested in publishing it. We are currently looking for a few good articles for the Spring 2019 issue. Here are further details:
The Fall 2018 issue of Perspectives: Teaching Legal Research and Writing is in final production with an anticipated publication date of January, 2019. However, we presently have a few spots available for the Spring 2019 issue and thus the Board of Editors is actively seeking articles to fill that volume. So if you’re working on an article idea appropriate for Perspectives (see below), or can develop a good manuscript in the next couple of months, please consider submitting it to us for consideration. There is no formal deadline since we will accept articles on rolling basis but the sooner the better if you’d like it published in the Spring issue.
As you may know, Perspectives is sponsored and distributed free of charge by Thomson Reuters as a service to the LRW community with a subscriber base of 4000+ readers. The most recently published issue from Spring 2018 is available here for your perusal and the coming Fall issue is going to be a bona fide barn-burner too.
The target audience for Perspectives is anyone interested in the teaching of legal research and legal writing, including:
- Law librarians and law professors, including adjuncts;
- Attorneys who help associates or interns develop as researchers and writers;
- Writing specialists at law schools, law firms, courts, and other legal institutions; and
- Judicial clerks, court librarians or others engaged in teaching the public how to do legal research and related tasks.
In two electronic issues published per year (fall and spring), Perspectives articles explore a broad array of teaching theories, techniques, and tools. Articles are both short—typically between 1,500 and 7,000 words and lightly footnoted. They are highly readable and typically focus on curricular design, goals, teaching methods, and assessments. For example how to:
- Comment rigorously and encouragingly on student writing;
- Efficiently research;
- Collaborate in teaching;
- Design, create, and manage online teaching modules;
- Teach using insights from other disciplines;
- Use technology to enhance learning and teaching; and
- Engage today's law students, interns, and associates.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
Concord, the nation's first online law school based in California, was just awarded the inaugural Wolters Kluwer Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation for the school's work improving access to justice for low-income clients through a project called "Expanding Access to Justice and Practical Legal Training." BusinessWire has the details:
A team of legal educators and innovators coordinated by Concord Law School at Purdue University Global, the nation’s first fully-online law school, has won the inaugural Wolters Kluwer Leading Edge Prize for Educational Innovation for its work improving access to justice for low-income clients.
The award was given for the project Expanding Access to Justice and Practical Legal Training, a collaborative effort of two related start-up firms – Proboknow and Lowboknow – geared toward bridging the access-to-justice gap, especially prevalent among clients with limited access to affordable legal help.
The project team was brought together by Concord Law School Dean Martin Pritikin, who said the award reflects the school’s commitment to seek greater affordability, flexibility, and access to a law degree – and to legal services.
“Concord Law School continues to set the bar for developing and supporting innovating programs that revolutionize the way students can obtain a law degree,” said Pritikin. “We also believe strongly that greater access to affordable legal education will lead to greater and more equitable access to the legal system, especially in underserved communities.”
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Continue reading here.
Monday, December 3, 2018
The website Findlaw.com says that if you want to work as in-house counsel in the tech field, you should develop the following skill set in addition to the standard set of practice ready skills every lawyer should acquire in law school:
- Adaptability - since tech companies, like technology itself, are rapidly changing and evolving, you need to be someone who can adapt quickly to that change.
- Interpersonal skills - we've heard this general advice before in one form or another but since techies are reputedly deficient in interpersonal skills, if you're able to develop good ones in law school or beyond, it can really help you shine in-house at a tech company.
- Gaining specific industry experience - this one makes common sense. If you want to work in-house for an app developer, there's no better preparation than gaining some practical experience working in the field to make you more competitive as a job candidate and more invaluable once you're part of the team.
Read Findlaw's full advice column here.