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Doing Law School Wrong: Case Teaching and an Integrated Legal Practice Method

Marsden, Gregory and Atienza, Soledad, Doing Law School Wrong: Case Teaching and an Integrated Legal Practice Method (June 22, 2022). Gregory J. Marsden & Soledad Atienza, Doing Law School Wrong: Case Teaching and an Integrated Legal Practice Method, 66 St. Louis U. L.J. (2022). , Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4143839

“Since its inception, the Langdellian case method has been used to teach legal analysis and reasoning to generations of U.S. law students. For nearly as long, business school faculty have used their own version of the case method to teach management decision-making. In law school, a “case” is an appellate court decision, which students must analyze in preparation for Socratic questioning. To business students, a “case” is a narrative problem they must solve before debating and defending their solutions in a moderated classroom discussion. This Article asserts that neither of these two methods are optimal to prepare students for bar admission and the practice of law. After examining both methods in detail, with particular emphasis on the role of group work, the Article then considers IE Law School in Spain as a pioneer in the use of practical “case” problems to teach law and legal skills. It concludes with outline of a proposed Integrated Legal Practice Method, drawing on business school case teaching to provide students not only with substantive and adjective legal knowledge, but also with the skills necessary to begin the practice of law.”

Why 99% Of Smithsonian’s Specimens Are Hidden In High-Security

Open Culture: “For many of us natural history museums are emblematic of school field trips, or rainy day outings with (or as) children. There’s always something to be gleaned from the reconstructed dinosaur skeletons, dazzling minerals, and 100-year-old specimens on display. The educational prospects are even greater for research scientists. [This YouTube video via] Business… Continue Reading

The case against the Supreme Court of the United States

Vox Commentary – “The Court was the midwife of Jim Crow, the right hand of union busters, the dead hand of the Confederacy, and now is one of the chief architects of America’s democratic decline. By Ian Millhiser: Alito’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization may literally be the worst-kept secret in the… Continue Reading

Vatican releases thousands of Holocaust-era letters and requests online

Times of Israel: “Pope Francis orders the online publication of 170 volumes of its Jewish files from the recently opened Pope Pius XII archives, the Vatican announces, amid renewed debate about the legacy of its World War II-era pope. The documentation contains 2,700 files of requests for Vatican help from Jewish groups and families, many… Continue Reading

Publishers discriminate against women and Black authors—but readers don’t

Quartz: “It’s no secret that the book publishing world features plenty of discrimination.An analysis by the New York Times found that just 11% of fiction published in 2018 was written by people of color; in June 2020, a viral Twitter hashtag called #PublishingPaidMe revealed that many well-known Black authors had received book advances that paled… Continue Reading

Could TikTok Be A Search Engine? For Many Users, It Already Is

Search Engine Journal: “A new generation of web users is utilizing TikTok as a search engine. What does that mean for marketers and publishers?…The growing use of TikTok as a search engine stems from several factors: Short attention spans Unsatisfactory Google results Visual learning styles..” Continue Reading

New Animal Law Research Guide From the University of Toronto’s Bora Laskin Law Library

SLAW – “The University of Toronto Bora Laskin Law Library, in partnership with Professor Angela Fernandez and Animal Law Research Associate Sam Skinner, is proud to announce the launch of the Animal Law Research Guide, a resource for those researching Canadian animal law. The Animal Law Research Guide seeks to provide a collection of secondary… Continue Reading

Ok, Zoomer: Teaching Legal Research to Gen Z

Schlinck, Olivia, Ok, Zoomer: Teaching Legal Research to Gen Z (June 14, 2022). Cardozo Legal Studies Research Paper No. 684, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4136738 “Generation Z has entered law school. With each new generation comes new education preferences. While research on Gen Z in the legal academy has grown over the past few years, to… Continue Reading

Compiling Congressional Districts

Via Center for Data Innovation – Grossmann, M., Lucas, C., McCrain, J, & Ostrander, I. (2022). CongressData. East Lansing, MI: Institute for Public Policy and Social Research (IPPSR) – “Researchers at Michigan State University have created a dataset tracking the history of U.S. congressional districts. The dataset consists of congressional districts from 1789 to 2021… Continue Reading

How to Future

Via LLRX – How to Future – Kevin Kelly, is a Web Maverick and by his own definition, a futurist. This discipline is comprised of really keen historians who study the past to see the future. They look carefully at the past because most of what will happen tomorrow is already happening today. In addition, most… Continue Reading

The 2022 Code of Practice on Disinformation

European Commission: “Major online platforms, emerging and specialised platforms, players in the advertising industry, fact-checkers, research and civil society organisations delivered a strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation following the Commission’s Guidance of May 2021. The strengthened Code of Practice on Disinformation has been signed and presented on the 16 June 2022 by 34 signatories who… Continue Reading