This video is created and produced by Professor Michele Pistone as part of LegalED, legaledweb.com, an online repository for resouces for legal education, developed by law professors.
Law professors hear a lot about how law schools need to adapt what and how they teach to the changes taking place in the legal profession. Employers and alumni, and even journalists, all tell us that law schools need to do more to help students integrate the legal doctrine that has traditionally been the focus of legal education with instruction in practical lawyering skills and the values and ethics of the profession.
They further suggest that integration can occur if law schools teach students how the doctrine they are learning is actually used by lawyers in practice. The problem law professors face is how to fit in their instruction all the relevant substantive law and training of practical skills and professional values, without raising costs.
Flipping the law school classroom may be the answer! Flipped learning blends online instruction with face-to-face instruction. It uses the internet for what it does well – information and knowledge delivery. When relevant information (say a video that supplements and explains assigned readings) is delivered by online videos – then, face-to-face classtime can be devoted to learning activities that not only reinforce the knowledge, but also ask students to use their new learning actively -- to analyze, evaluate, apply or create material – all of which reinforces learning.
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