June 11, 2008
ABA's Outcome Measures and Tenure Proposals
The ABA's Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar has released two special committee reports that could be influential in reforming legal education in the US, namely, Interim Report of the Outcome Measures Committee and Report of the Special Committee on Security of Position. Details on Law Librarian Blog. -- Joe Hodnicki
June 10, 2008
While working on another project, I happened to notice the percentage of classes taught by adjuncts at some law schools. In a few cases, it may be that a majority of the classes offered are taught by adjuncts. As one might expect, those schools that rely the most on adjuncts are more likely to be "regional" rather than "national" schools (terms I use to describe their ambition-- regional schools usually explicitly seek to serve their state or region, while national schools boast about the wide geographic placement of their graduates).
The irony in this is that it is the regional schools are usually the ones more likely to promote an emphasis on teaching over scholarship. Certainly, some adjuncts are excellent teachers, but quality control is hard with part-timers, and sometimes it is questionable if any quality control (other than student evaluations) is being done. Like any other profession, I would suspect that people who are full-time professors are generally best at the task of professing. Thus, the schools which emphasize scholarship may, in this regard, have an edge when it comes to teaching.
-- Mark Osler
June 9, 2008
Promoting Law to the Next Generation - Beyond Street Law
Some law schools have Street Law Projects to promote law in high schools and to the general public. On the Georgetown University website it states that "[s]ince 1972, the D.C. Street Law Clinic has provided law-related educational services in the District of Columbia and has served as a model for Street Law programs both nationally and internationally." (See Georgetown here) Many schools offer law school credit to students who participate in teaching as part of a street law project. (see here).
But retired Justice O'Connor moves this education into the new technological era. She has come up with a new educational tool for promoting the law in future generations - a video game. Check out Claudia Parsons, Reuters (Fox News), Retired U.S. Justice O'Connor Unveils Video Game.
ellen s. podgor (w/ a hat tip to Lisa M. Padla)