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Web Resources on Law Teaching

Web Resources on Law Teaching

Professor Bennett Wasserman's Legal Malpractice Blog

This site, which is maintained by the University of California Berkley, is not specifically geared to law teaching, but offers some good general background on effective teaching techniques.

The AALS (American Association of Law Schools) New Law Professors Section has compiled this list of Law Professor’s nationwide who have taught a certain course, and are willing to share their teaching materials with Professors who have never taught that course before. The list contains course name, textbook used, number of credits for which the course was offered, and contact information for the instructor.

Mercer Law School’s Web site cumulates many excellent resources on law teaching.

Gonzoga University maintains the Institute for Law School Teaching. The Institute’sWeb page contains articles about effective law teaching.

Professor Barbara General Fines at University of Missouri - Kansas City has also put together A Web page of teaching and learning resources for legal education.

The Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction is a non-profit consortium of law schools that researches and develops computer-mediated legal instruction and supports institutions and individuals using technology and distance learning in legal education. CALI lessons are available in a variety of subjects to provide your students with additional reinforcement in many subject areas. Since Hofstra is a member of CALI, any Hofstra faculty member may register for the site at no cost.

There is an Adjunct Law Professor Blog, which is part of the Law Professor Blog Network. It was started by Mitchell Rubenstein, an Adjunct Professor at Saint John's Law School.

The ABA maintains a Listserv for Adjunct Professors. Click on the following link in order to subscribe to the Listserv.

The New York State Board of Law Examiners requires students sitting for the bar to complete the Multistate Performance Test ("MPT"). The MPT consists of essay questions covering legal analysis, fact analysis, problem solving, resolution of ethical dilemmas, organization and management of a lawyering task, and communication. The materials for each MPT question consist of a File and a Library. The File consists of source documents containing all the facts of the case. The Library consists of cases, statutes, regulations, and rules. The specific assignment the applicant is to complete is described in a memorandum from a supervising attorney. There are a number of sample questions and answers available on the National Conference of Bar Examiners. Some Law Professors use the same format for their end of semester examinations.