Professors Michael Hunter Schwartz, Sophie Sparrow and Gerry Hess, three leaders in the teaching and learning movement in legal education, have collaborated to offer a new book designed to synthesize the latest research on teaching and learning for new and experienced law teachers. The book begins with basic principles of teaching and learning theory, provides insights into how law students experience traditional law teaching, and then guides law teachers through the entire process of teaching a course. The topics addressed include: how to plan a course; how to design a syllabus and select a text; how to plan individual class sessions; how to engage and motivate students, even those tough-to-crack second- and third-year students; how to use a wide variety of teaching techniques; how to evaluate student learning, both for the purposes of assigning grades and of improving student learning; and how to be a lifelong learner as a teacher.
Michael Hunter Schwartz is a professor of law and Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Development at Washburn University School of Law. Sophie Sparrow is a professor at Franklin Pierce Law Center. Gerald Hess is a professor of law and founder and Director of the Institute for Law School Teaching at Gonzaga University School of Law.