Sunday, December 19, 2021

Two Free Books Share Strategies and Techniques for Legal Writing Professors


Wolters Kluwer has published a number of free teaching guidebooks for law professors.

This post highlights two of these books.

Amy VorenbergThe first is Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Legal Analysis and Writing by Amy Vorenberg, Emeritus Professor at the University of New Hampshire. The book was published in 2012 and includes materials on the following topics:

  • Identifying Course Objectives and Competencies
  • Structuring the Course
  • Preparing Problems
  • Using In-Class Worksheets
  • Teaching Citation
  • Assessment and Evaluation

Click here to download a copy of Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Legal Analysis and Writing.

Teri McMurtry-ChubbThe second book of special interest is the 2022 Strategies and Techniques for Integrating DEI into the Core Law Curriculum: A Comprehensive Guide to DEI Pedagogy, Course Planning, and Classroom Practice. This new guidebook is authored by Professor Teri A. McMurtry-Chubb, the Associate Dean for Research & Faculty Development at the University of Illinois Chicago School of Law. Teri, a former President of the Association of Legal Writing Directors, was the 2021 winner of the Thomas Blackwell Award.

The teaching guidebook and supplemental materials are available for free download by clicking here.

The book features DEI learning outcomes and assessments, course planning templates for each course in the core law curriculum (including legal writing), and racial trauma informed teaching approaches. The 14 chapters of the book are organized in three main parts:  

Part I: Challenges to Strategies and Techniques for Integrating DEI into the Core Law Curriculum  

  • Chapter 1 – The Scope of DEI Education & Pedagogy  
  • Chapter 2 – The First Amendment, Academic Freedom, and the DEI Curricular Lens 
  • Chapter 3 – Assessing the Institutional Climate for DEI Curricula 

Part II: Practical Steps for Integrating DEI into the Core Law Curriculum 

  • Chapter 4 – Racial Trauma Informed Approaches to DEI Pedagogy  
  • Chapter 5 – Course Planning and Assessment for the DEI Classroom & Curriculum 
  • Chapter 6 – Developing Instructional Materials for DEI Pedagogy & Practice  
  • Chapter 7 – FAQs and Discussion Questions by Chapter 

Part III: Examples of How to Integrate DEI into the Core Law Curriculum by Subject Matter 

  • Chapters 8-14 (DEI course planning templates for Contacts, Civil Procedure, Criminal Law, Property, Constitutional Law, Legal Analysis & Writing, and Torts)  

The book and its supplemental materials are a useful and welcome contribution to promote diversity, equity, and inclusion in the law school curriculum.

Other useful titles in the series of Teaching Guides include:

  • Howard E. Katz & Kevin Francis O'Neill, Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching
  • Jay Tidmarsh, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Civil Procedure
  • Amy C. Bushaw, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Contracts
  • Andrew E. Tasklitz, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Criminal Law
  • Paula A. Franzese, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Property
  • Arthur Best, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Torts
  • Kris Franklin, Strategies and Techniques for Teaching Academic Success

Other titles are available in Administrative Law, Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, Evidence, Family Law, Federal Income Tax, and Professional Responsibility. We encourage you to share this post with colleagues teaching any of the subjects mentioned.

(mew)

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