Doctrine and Practice and Skills, Oh My: A First-Year Curricular Experiment

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As a former clinician, I look for ways to bring experiential learning into my first year classroom. The value of this pedagogy, long viewed as the province of outliers in the legal academy, has gone mainstream. Recently, two reports on legal education, Best Practices for Legal Education and Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law (hereinafter the Carnegie Report), have highlighted the merits of experiential learning. The following cross-classroom exercise is just one way to bring into the first year some experiential teaching practices.


Originally published by The Law Teacher in 2011.