What the Best Law Teachers Do

What the Best Law Teachers Do

by Michael Hunter Schwartz
     
 

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This pioneering book is the first to identify the methods, strategies, and personal traits of law professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. Modeling good behavior through clear, exacting standards and meticulous preparation, these instructors know that little things also count--starting on time, learning names, responding to emails.

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This pioneering book is the first to identify the methods, strategies, and personal traits of law professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. Modeling good behavior through clear, exacting standards and meticulous preparation, these instructors know that little things also count--starting on time, learning names, responding to emails.

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Publishers Weekly
10/28/2013
Law professors Schwartz, Hess, and Sparrow report the results of their systematic study of what makes the "best" professors of law. Reminiscent of a lawyer's method, the book is divided into chapters in the form of questions: what qualifies as exceptional learning; what personal qualities do the best law professors possess; how do they relate to students, engage with, and assess students; and what do students take away from their experience? The answers are not surprising to anyone who has been taught well; as the authors suggest, the best professors must be organized and bring enthusiasm and dedication to the classroom. Other key elements are fair assessment of students, clarity in communication, and the ability to provide constructive criticism. The authors present several interesting ideas relevant to teaching and learning law, ideas that should flourish at a time when law schools are seeking ways to reinvent themselves. The intended reach of this book, primarily teachers of law, is narrow, but teachers of all subjects stand to benefit. (Aug.)
Alison Grey Anderson
Reading this book is like sitting down and having extensive conversations with excellent teaching mentors. It is a wonderful addition to the professional mentorship that is so important yet often so lacking in faculty development.
Jean Koh Peters
This book fills an enormous vacuum in law teaching literature. Based on painstaking, methodical, individual attention to 26 carefully-selected law professors from around the country, it presents cogent, inspiring, and concrete approaches to teaching and student-teacher relationships in the voices of the teachers and their students themselves.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780674728141
Publisher:
Harvard University Press
Publication date:
08/20/2013
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
File size:
454 KB

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Meet the Author

Michael Hunter Schwartz is Dean and Professor of Law at William H. Bowen School of Law at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

Gerald F. Hess is Professor of Law at Gonzaga University.

Sophie M. Sparrow is Professor of Law at the University of New Hampshire School of Law.

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