Teaching Law Practice Across the Curriculum
Session 2 Workshops

Thursday, June 17, 2010 – 10:45 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

[A] The Transfer of Learning in Legal Education: Using Schema Theory to Connect the Curriculum (Room 119)

Tonya Kowalski, Washburn University School of Law

Research in the field of cognitive psychology called "transfer of learning" offers tools to help students encode knowledge in such a way that they know better when and how to retrieve it for later use. This presentation offers a comprehensive approach to the transfer of learning across the curriculum. In particular, I will demonstrate how law schools can use schema theory to help students encode knowledge and skills for future transfer, as well as to conceptually integrate their courses. Participants will receive a sample schematic system and will also work on developing schema for transfer within their own courses.


[B] Teaching the Mystique of Rule-Drafting and the Underlying Structure of Legal Analysis: Music, Math, and Magic (Room 100)

J. Lyn Entrikin Goering, Washburn University School of Law
Richard K. Neumann, Jr., Hofstra University School of Law

One of the least understood skills in the legal academy is rule drafting. This workshop will demonstrate how to use rule diagramming and other graphic techniques to craft workable rules from complex legal doctrines. In addition, we will experiment with reverse-engineering the process as a method of teaching how to interpret and apply abstruse statutory and regulatory language. Our goal is to illustrate how the analytical process and structure of rule drafting offers an effective way to teach legal analysis, and how learning to draft rules can help our students think more clearly and analytically about legal principles.


[C] Putting the Counsel Back in Counselor: How to Implement Theories of Law and Social Work in a Law School Setting (Room 106)

Carrie A. Hagan, Indiana University School of Law
Stephanie K. Boys, Indiana University School of Social Work

Our students enter law school to become attorneys, but may leave without practical skills that go beyond general legal knowledge. In this session we will focus on incorporating several social work theories of client interaction that can be introduced in a variety of settings, to ensure students leave with a better knowledge of how to interview and counsel their clients. The session will be made up of scenarios, theoretical background and general discussion. Lawyers who learn interdisciplinary techniques to achieve professional goals have shown an improvement in decision-making skills, making this workshop an important tool for all educators to use.


[D] Find Them on Facebook: Using Facebook to Reach Students Where They Already Go (Room 115)

Courtney G. Lee, University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law

This workshop will help those unfamiliar with Facebook (or with using social networking websites in the academic arena) strengthen their teaching and support of students by implementing Facebook into their classes and/or other student groups. Attendees will learn how to set up a Facebook account and create groups to effectively communicate with and support students. Facebook groups and their various features may be tailored to work with specific classes, clinics, campus organizations, alumni, bar applicants - the possibilities are endless. I will also address issues of privacy protection and how to avoid the awkwardness that often surrounds student-professor social networking relationships.