Friday, November 7, 2014

Working with academically underprepared students

“Legal educators don’t need empirical research to tell them what they already know—students coming Cooper to law school are ill prepared for the academic rigors of law study.” So begins an article recently posted by Jennifer Cooper of Seattle University. Cooper writes that in addressing this problem, law professors can benefit from undergraduate research showing that “retrieval [encoding and retrieving information from memory], self-testing, and periodic review are highly correlated with academic success.” To apply these concepts in law schools, Cooper recommends that professors calendar specific study steps, model case reading and synthesis in class, use practice questions and quizzes, and modeling effective use of course outlines.

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Here is a fundamental question: Why are law schools accepting academically underprepared students in the first place? Don't we already have enough bad lawyers?

Posted by: C. Nesset | Nov 7, 2014 11:17:01 PM

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