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Teaching Students To Use Feedback To Improve Their Legal-Writing Skills, Lara Gelbwasser Freed, Joel Atlas Apr 2019

Teaching Students To Use Feedback To Improve Their Legal-Writing Skills, Lara Gelbwasser Freed, Joel Atlas

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

In an age in which writing-software programs tout formative feedback on student papers and advertise clear and compelling sentences, the roles of professor and student in the assessment and outcome-achievement process may appear passive, or even supplanted. Using feedback to improve learning, however, requires both professor and student to play active roles. In legal education, law professors are tasked with identifying and assessing learning outcomes. And much has been written about these tasks as they relate to both doctrinal and legal-writing courses. But less attention has been devoted to law students’ role in responding to feedback on their writing and ...


A Structural Approach To Case Synthesis, Fact Application, And Persuasive Framing Of The Law, Lara Gelbwasser Freed, Joel Atlas Oct 2018

A Structural Approach To Case Synthesis, Fact Application, And Persuasive Framing Of The Law, Lara Gelbwasser Freed, Joel Atlas

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

Lawyering-skills courses, although typically writing-focused, address a wide array of topics. Indeed, to prepare an effective legal document, students must not only write well but analyze well. And, although teaching the pure-writing aspects of the course is certainly a challenge, teaching the analysis-related skills is often the most difficult.

Among the thorniest of these skills are synthesizing cases, applying facts, and persuasively framing the law. Professors struggle to teach these skills, and students consistently struggle to understand and implement them. To lighten the burden for both professors and students, we have approached these skills structurally and, in doing so, have ...


The Role Of Skills Instruction In Legal Education, Eduardo M. PeñAlver Jan 2018

The Role Of Skills Instruction In Legal Education, Eduardo M. PeñAlver

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


When Tenure Standards Are Wrong, James Grimmelmann Apr 2017

When Tenure Standards Are Wrong, James Grimmelmann

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Real + Imaginary = Complex: Toward A Better Property Course, James Grimmelmann Jan 2017

Real + Imaginary = Complex: Toward A Better Property Course, James Grimmelmann

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

“Property” in most law schools means real property: the dense, illogical, and special-purpose body of land law. But this is wrong: property also comes in personal, intangible, and intellectual flavors—all of them more important to modern lawyers than land. Real property is deeply unrepresentative of property law, and focusing our teaching on it sells the subject short. A better property course would fully embrace these other forms of property as real property’s equals. Escaping the traditional but labyrinthine classifications of real property frees teachers to bring out the underlying conceptual coherence and unity of property law. The resulting ...


The Quintessential Law Library And Librarian In A Digital Era, Femi Cadmus Oct 2016

The Quintessential Law Library And Librarian In A Digital Era, Femi Cadmus

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

Libraries, like most institutions and industries today, are faced with disruptive technologies that challenge their relevancy in a digital era. As a result, erstwhile notions and nostalgia associated with the quintessential library and librarian are changing rapidly.

This is a compelling era to reimagine the library, retaining essential traditions alongside the new technologies, which facilitate the preservation, discoverability, accessibility, and delivery of information. It is also an opportunity for libraries to respond creatively and innovatively to change. The quintessential law library and librarian cannot only survive but can also thrive in the digital era by continuing to demonstrate value through ...


The Final Legal-Writing Class: Parting Wisdom For Students, Joel Atlas, Estelle Mckee, Andrea J. Mooney Jul 2016

The Final Legal-Writing Class: Parting Wisdom For Students, Joel Atlas, Estelle Mckee, Andrea J. Mooney

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

The last class of a legal-writing course is a beginning rather than an end for our students. Soon, they will have the opportunity to employ, in real life, the skills they have learned in the course. And professors want their students not only to succeed, but to excel, in practice. To help realize this goal, and as a fitting finale to the course, a professor may choose to provide students with tips for the immediate and long-term future in their profession.


The Changing Market For Criminal Law Casebooks, Jens David Ohlin Apr 2016

The Changing Market For Criminal Law Casebooks, Jens David Ohlin

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

In the following Review, I analyze the leading criminal law casebooks on the market and describe the ways in which they do — and do not — respond to the needs of criminal law teachers. At least part of the issue is the changing nature of law teaching — what actually happens in the classroom has changed in the last three decades. Moreover, there may be less uniformity in classroom practice than in the past; in other words, what works in one law school might not work in another, due in part to the changing profile of law students, as well as the ...


Promoting Clinical Legal Education And Democracy In India, Sital Kalantry Jun 2015

Promoting Clinical Legal Education And Democracy In India, Sital Kalantry

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

Clinical legal education emerged in the United States in the 1960s to give valuable skill-based instructions to law students while providing legal services to people who could not otherwise afford them. This essay proposes another reason why both Indian and American law schools should support the development of law clinics. Drawing on the works of John Dewey and Martha Nussbaum, I argue that clinical legal education promotes democracy. Both elite American and Indian universities are largely unrepresentative of the respective population demographics of their countries. In clinics, law students bridge this divide by undertaking representation for people from different racial ...


Library Director As Change Agent: Analysis Two, Implementing Change In Difficult Times, Femi Cadmus Apr 2015

Library Director As Change Agent: Analysis Two, Implementing Change In Difficult Times, Femi Cadmus

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Learning By Doing: Adding A Clinical Component To A Traditional Family Law Course, Cynthia Grant Bowman Apr 2014

Learning By Doing: Adding A Clinical Component To A Traditional Family Law Course, Cynthia Grant Bowman

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

This paper describes a clinical component recently added to the course in Family Law at Cornell Law School. Students who are either co-registered for or have previously taken Family Law receive an extra two credits for clinical work under the instructor's supervision. Each student undertakes to represent at least one client, who is referred from Neighborhood Legal Services, from the initial client interview through drafting, filing and service of the many documents required to obtain a final judgment for dissolution of marriage in New York State. In order to complete this work in one semester, the students do relatively ...


Legal Education In An Era Of Globalisation And The Challenge Of Development, Muna Ndulo Jan 2014

Legal Education In An Era Of Globalisation And The Challenge Of Development, Muna Ndulo

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

The article examines the challenges legal education faces as a result of globalisation with specific reference to African law schools. It considers the challenges and ways of meeting them. The practice of law in a globalised world requires a body of knowledge which is both complex and interdisciplinary. It requires the acquisition of a broad range of new skills and techniques of solving legal problems. To equip lawyers with the needed skills to practise law in a globalised world will require changes in the traditional law school curriculum. It will require a curriculum which trains lawyers for the practice of ...


Not Your Parents' Law Library: A Tale Of Two Academic Law Libraries, Julian Aiken, Femi Cadmus, Fred Shapiro Oct 2012

Not Your Parents' Law Library: A Tale Of Two Academic Law Libraries, Julian Aiken, Femi Cadmus, Fred Shapiro

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

As academic law libraries continue to face the inevitability of a rapidly changing landscape which includes a new breed of digital users with sophisticated technological needs, it remains to be seen what libraries will look like in years to come. It is certain that libraries as we know them today will have changed, but to what extent? An ability to remain adaptable and to anticipate the evolving needs of users in a dynamic environment will continue to be key for libraries to remain relevant, and even to survive, in the 21st century; vital to this endeavor will also be an ...


Promoting Clinical Legal Education In India: A Case Study Of The Citizen Participation Clinic, Sital Kalantry, Elizabeth Brundige, Priya S. Gupta, Cornell Law School. International Human Rights Clinic, Jindal Global Law School. Good Rural Governance And Citizen Participation Clinic Jul 2012

Promoting Clinical Legal Education In India: A Case Study Of The Citizen Participation Clinic, Sital Kalantry, Elizabeth Brundige, Priya S. Gupta, Cornell Law School. International Human Rights Clinic, Jindal Global Law School. Good Rural Governance And Citizen Participation Clinic

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

This Report is the product of a unique collaboration between the Good Governance and Citizen Participation Clinic at Jindal Global Law School and the Cornell International Human Rights Clinic at Cornell Law School. Students based in the Jindal Global Law School (Sonipat, India) and Cornell Law School (Ithaca, N.Y.) participated in a joint class using videoconferencing technology from January to May, 2012 and worked on preparing the Report.

The Report points out that most law schools in India lack robust clinical legal education programs. Clinical legal education is essential to preparing law students to practice law effectively and promoting ...


An Empirical Analysis Of Empirical Legal Scholarship Production, 1990-2009, Michael R. Heise Jan 2011

An Empirical Analysis Of Empirical Legal Scholarship Production, 1990-2009, Michael R. Heise

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

Inspired by the retirement of Professor Tom Ulen of the University of Illinois, the author considers the growth and development of empirical legal scholarship over two decades—a period of time that corresponds, not coincidentally, with Professor Ulen’s career. Starting in the 1990s when empirical scholarship had not yet “caught on,” the author first documents the increase in quantity of empirical scholarship over two decades. Next, the author applies a law and economics perspective to the recent surge in empirical scholarship, explaining that the trend has been fueled by an increase in the number of empirically trained scholars and ...


Should Law Schools Teach Professional Duties, Professional Virtues, Or Something Else? A Critique Of The Carnegie Report On Educating Lawyers, W. Bradley Wendel Jan 2011

Should Law Schools Teach Professional Duties, Professional Virtues, Or Something Else? A Critique Of The Carnegie Report On Educating Lawyers, W. Bradley Wendel

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Beyond The Expected: Creating And Sustaining Relationships For Your Institutions, Claire M. Germain Mar 2010

Beyond The Expected: Creating And Sustaining Relationships For Your Institutions, Claire M. Germain

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Reforming Knowledge? A Socio-Legal Critique Of The Legal Education Reforms In Japan, Annelise Riles, Takashi Uchida Apr 2009

Reforming Knowledge? A Socio-Legal Critique Of The Legal Education Reforms In Japan, Annelise Riles, Takashi Uchida

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

This article critiques the current Japanese legal education reforms, modeled largely on the United States, by proposing a socio-technical framework for analyzing the distribution of legal expertise in a given society. On one side of the spectrum is the "monocentric" model of legal expertise, in which expertise is monopolized by the profession and legal literacy is low. On the other side of the spectrum is the "polycentric" model of legal expertise, in which a range of social and institutional actors share responsibility for legal expertise and legal literacy is high. If the U.S. is a more monocentric system, the ...


Not Just Key Numbers And Keywords Anymore: How User Interface Design Affects Legal Research, Julie M. Jones Feb 2009

Not Just Key Numbers And Keywords Anymore: How User Interface Design Affects Legal Research, Julie M. Jones

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

Legal research is one of the foundational skills for the practice of law. Yet law school graduates are frequently admitted to the bar without adequate competence in this area. Applying both information-foraging theory and current standards for optimal web design, Ms. Jones considers, through a heuristic analysis, whether the user interfaces of Westlaw and LexisNexis help or hinder the process of legal research and the development of effective research skills.


Educating Students About The Critiquing Process In A Lawyering Skills Class, Joel Atlas Oct 2006

Educating Students About The Critiquing Process In A Lawyering Skills Class, Joel Atlas

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

The extreme performance anxiety of first-year law students along with the alien experience of receiving copious comments on their writing creates a potent, and potentially paralyzing, potion for stress. With that as a backdrop, lawyering skills teachers ought to educate students about the process of critiquing they will experience in a lawyering skills course.


Exciting Education Summit News, Claire M. Germain Jun 2006

Exciting Education Summit News, Claire M. Germain

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Visit To Puerto Rico, Claire M. Germain May 2006

Visit To Puerto Rico, Claire M. Germain

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Partnering With Decision Makers In Your Institution, Claire M. Germain Mar 2006

Partnering With Decision Makers In Your Institution, Claire M. Germain

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Race And Gender In The Law Review, Cynthia Grant Bowman Jan 2006

Race And Gender In The Law Review, Cynthia Grant Bowman

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Integrating Transnational Perspectives Into Civil Procedure: What Not To Teach, Kevin M. Clermont Jan 2006

Integrating Transnational Perspectives Into Civil Procedure: What Not To Teach, Kevin M. Clermont

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Assessing The Ssrn-Based Law School Rankings, Theodore Eisenberg Jan 2006

Assessing The Ssrn-Based Law School Rankings, Theodore Eisenberg

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

One noteworthy feature of the SSRN-based rankings is the high correlation between them and other rankings. Black and Caron report correlation coefficients between their two Social Science Research Network (SSRN) school rankings (one based on downloads from SSRN and one based on the number of papers posted on SSRN) and six other published rankings. The correlations provide a useful and creative measure of consistency across studies. If ranking studies are highly correlated, then the least expensive and most efficient study to conduct can be used without incurring the expense and delay of the more labor-intensive ranking methods. SSRN has a ...


From The President, Claire M. Germain Nov 2005

From The President, Claire M. Germain

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Pioneering Change In The Centennial Year, Claire M. Germain Oct 2005

Pioneering Change In The Centennial Year, Claire M. Germain

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Oxford: A Haven For Sabbaticals And Other Visits, Robert S. Summers Jul 2005

Oxford: A Haven For Sabbaticals And Other Visits, Robert S. Summers

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.


Yale Kamisar The Teacher, Jeffrey S. Lehman Aug 2004

Yale Kamisar The Teacher, Jeffrey S. Lehman

Cornell Law Faculty Publications

No abstract provided.