For Immediate Release:  Nov 24, 2008
2008, 11, 24

Hofstra Law launches Center for Applied Legal reasoning

Hofstra Law launches Center for Applied Legal reasoning

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HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. — Hofstra Law School has launched the Center for Applied Legal Reasoning, a forum for studying theories of legal reasoning, researching issues related to the solving of legal problems, decision-making in practice, and the development of pedagogies to train law students for the practice of law.

“The Center’s approach is multi-disciplinary,” said its director Professor Stefan Krieger, “and will focus on the fields of cognitive science, educational psychology, computing, communications, as well as traditional jurisprudence.  Research will focus on the use of both quantitative and qualitative empirical methods for exploring theories of legal problem solving, expertise and pedagogy”

"Professor Stefan Krieger will help Hofstra Law build one of the finest legal reasoning programs in the country," said Dean Nora V. Demleitner.  "Guided by Professor Krieger's visionary leadership and defined by a multi-disciplinary approach, the Center for Applied Legal Reasoning will make an impact on academia and the profession."

Krieger’s goal is to develop a Center at Hofstra Law at which he and other scholars could “explore the storage, sharing and optimal use of information, data and knowledge for legal problem solving in action,” he said.  “My hope is that the Center can study informatics issues raised by computer-based legal research, skills training and problem-based learning in law school curricula, and legal reasoning and communication strategies used by expert attorneys in practice.”

Krieger, a nationally renowned scholar in clinical education, joined the Hofstra Law faculty in 1992.  He teaches clinical courses and Evidence.

Krieger is co-author of the widely used textbook on the lawyering process “Essential Lawyering Skills” and he published numerous articles on legal problem solving.  He has recently conducted ground-breaking empirical studies on the development of legal reasoning skills in law students. 

Krieger received a bachelor’s degree from The University of Chicago and a Juris Doctor degree from University of Illinois.  

Following law school, Krieger served as a law clerk to Judge Hubert L. Will at the U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago.  He was a staff attorney at the West Side Office of Legal Assistance Foundation of Chicago from 1977 to 1979.

Krieger was a clinical teacher for 13 years at the University of Chicago Law School and Southern Methodist University School of Law before joining Hofstra Law. 

Krieger also specializes in the areas of housing and community development.  Over the years, he and his students in the Housing Rights and Law Reform Advocacy Clinics have represented numerous tenants and community groups in attempts to improve low-income housing in Nassau County. 

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The Maurice A. Deane School of Law at Hofstra University is located 40 minutes from New York City in suburban Long Island. Hofstra Law is home to nearly 850 students, an alumni base of more than 10,600 members and a distinguished faculty of more than 50 professors, including many scholars recognized as national and international experts in their field. The law school is part of Hofstra University and is fully accredited by the Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar of the American Bar Association.

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