Category Archives: Teaching (general)

Revamping a Dry Class Topic

by Nicole Downing I guest lectured in a fellow librarian’s Advanced Legal Research (ALR) course last semester while he was at a conference. My topic for the class was “Finding People and Companies.” I put together my lesson with the … Continue reading

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Helping ADD Students Succeed at Legal Research

by Lora Johns Lawyers have a split reputation. On the one hand, there’s Dr. Jekyll, Esq. He’s organized; he’s focused; he can write a motion to dismiss and record his billable hours down to the 6-minute increment with impeccable accuracy. … Continue reading

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Can Legal Research Be Taught? Part 2: Varieties of Relevance

by Paul Gatz In a previous post on this blog, I raised a question that many legal research instructors have perhaps wondered to themselves, in brief, silent moments of doubt and despair: can legal research actually be taught? This question … Continue reading

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The Fight to Bring Legal Research to the Front

by Brandon Wright Adler Last week I gave a lecture to the Advanced Legal Research course about the economics of legal research. Most of the students in this class are 3L’s and nearly ready to take on the legal world. … Continue reading

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Lessons from a First-Time Teacher: Everything I Did Wrong and How You Can Avoid Doing It Too

by Amelia Landenberger, Guest Blogger, UK College of Law My first year of teaching could have been worse. I had great students, hours of support and patience from my coworkers, and a good deal of luck (no wardrobe malfunctions or … Continue reading

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In Praise of the Reflective Essay: The Mushy and the Meta

by Paul Gatz The reflective essay is well named. In the best of circumstances, it holds up a mirror to the student-writer’s own learning and thinking processes and, for the teacher-reader, can present an image of the entire semester from … Continue reading

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Practice Makes Perfect: Assessment to Improve Student Learning and Instruction

by Ashley Ahlbrand With the spring semester at an end and my summer online courses set to begin next week, I have assessment on the brain. As we know, law school is not traditionally an assessment-heavy institution, with the majority … Continue reading

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