June 2013: Hybrid Law Teaching

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The Institute for Law Teaching and Learning will present its summer 2013 conference on June 7-9, 2013, at Washburn University School of Law in Topeka, Kansas. The conference, Hybrid Law Teaching, features 34 workshops with 47 presenters representing nearly three dozen law schools.

Structure of the Conference

Tailor the Conference to Suit Your Interests

The conference includes eight workshop sessions. During each session, four or five workshops will run simultaneously. Participants will be able to tailor the conference to fit their individual interests by choosing which workshop to attend during each session. The workshops will deal with:

  • Innovative materials;
  • Alternative teaching methods;
  • New technologies;
  • Ways to enhance student learning in all types of courses;
  • Techniques to better prepare students for their bar exams;
  • Means of restructuring legal education to foster practice-ready lawyers.

Each workshop will include materials that participants can use during the workshop and when they return to their campuses, and all the presenters will model effective teaching methods by actively engaging the participants.

Benefits to Participants

Improve Teaching and Learning

During the conference, participants can expect to encounter many new ideas about a wide variety of ways in which they can create hybrid law school courses. In addition, the conference is intended to facilitate informal interaction among creative teachers who love their work with students.

Participants should leave the conference with both inspiration and the information they need to seamlessly integrate skills, doctrine, and values in their teaching, to bridge traditional law school categories, such as legal writing and doctrine, clinics and skills courses, and academic support and doctrinal courses, and even to flip their classes. The ultimate goal of the conference is to help the participants improve their teaching, improve their students' learning, and further their school's efforts to offer attractive, effective courses that prepare students to practice law.

Session Handouts

Session 1

How to Effectively Use Responseware in Asynchronous and Synchronous Learning Environments to Meet the Needs of Digital Natives
Applying the Law
The Upside-Down Classroom
The Hybrid Clinical Course

Session 2

Building the Bridge to Practice using Letters to Student Lawyers
Integrating Bar Exam Preparation Into UpperDivision Doctrinal Courses
Integrating Experiential Learning in Traditional Classrooms
Hybrid Teaching Beyond the Traditional Course

Session 3

Improving Legal Education through Carnegie Apprenticeship Integration
Teaching Law Abroad
Applied Critical Thinking and Legal Analysis

Session 4

Technology in Law Schools and the Profession
Killing Three Birds With One Stone
Cultivating Professional Identity Formation in the Doctrinal Course
Public Interest Lawyering

Session 5

Flipping the Law School Classroom
Putting Legal Doctrine Into Practical Context
Integrating Ethics and Skills

Session 6

Hybrid Within a Hybrid
A Casebook Designed to Integrate the Teaching of Skills and Doctrine– Current Issues in Constitutional Litigation
Using Multiple Choice Questions to Teach Writing and Diagnose Critical Thinking Deficiencies
Clark v. Jones, The Great Civil Procedure Shootout, and Creating Law School Classroom Communities

Session 7

Implementing the Carnegie Apprenticeships of Knowledge and Practice
What the Flip? How to Flip a Law School Class Using Videos to Deliver Lectures Outside of Class, Freeing up Class Time for Active Learning
Criminal Law & Lawyering Skills

Session 8

Incorporating Practice into Contracts
Motions in Motion
Co-Teaching Deal-Making & Deal-Drafting
Lost in Translation

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