What makes a great law professor? The first study of its kind, "What the Best Law Teachers Do" identifies the methods, strategies, and personal traits of professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. This pioneering book will be of interest to any instructor seeking concrete, proven techniques for helping students succeed.Read more...
What makes a great law professor? The first study of its kind, "What the Best Law Teachers Do" identifies the methods, strategies, and personal traits of professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. This pioneering book will be of interest to any instructor seeking concrete, proven techniques for helping students succeed.
"What the Best Law Teachers Do" introduces readers to twenty-six professors from law schools across the United States. These instructors are renowned for their exacting standards: they set expectations high, while also making course requirements--and their belief that their students can meet them--clear from the outset. They demonstrate professional behavior and tell students to approach class as they would their future professional life: by being as prepared, polished, and gracious as possible. And they prepare themselves for class in depth, even when they have taught the course for years.
The best law professors understand that the little things matter. They start class on time and stay afterward to answer questions. They learn their students' names and respond promptly to emails. These instructors are all tough--but they are also committed, creative, and compassionate mentors. With its close-to-the-ground accounts of exceptional educators in action, "What the Best Law Teachers Do "offers insights into effective pedagogy that transcend the boundaries of legal education.
- ISBN-13: 9780674049147
- ISBN-10: 0674049144
- Publisher: Harvard University Press
- Publish Date: August 2013
- Page Count: 368
- Dimensions: 8.38 x 5.81 x 1.19 inches
- Shipping Weight: 1.16 pounds
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2013-10-28
- Reviewer: Staff
Law professors Schwartz, Hess, and Sparrow report the results of their systematic study of what makes the "best" professors of law. Reminiscent of a lawyer's method, the book is divided into chapters in the form of questions: what qualifies as exceptional learning; what personal qualities do the best law professors possess; how do they relate to students, engage with, and assess students; and what do students take away from their experience? The answers are not surprising to anyone who has been taught well; as the authors suggest, the best professors must be organized and bring enthusiasm and dedication to the classroom. Other key elements are fair assessment of students, clarity in communication, and the ability to provide constructive criticism. The authors present several interesting ideas relevant to teaching and learning law, ideas that should flourish at a time when law schools are seeking ways to reinvent themselves. The intended reach of this book, primarily teachers of law, is narrow, but teachers of all subjects stand to benefit. (Aug.)