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Thursday, November 25, 2004
  Re-imagining / Five by Five : To go along with the series of posts at Eric's blog on re-imagining the law school curriculum (here, here, and here) see the series over at The Non-Billable Hour entitled "Five by Five¬óLaw Student Edition." Five law-student bloggers each list five things that they would change sboput legal education. Two of the five posts are up, contributed by Mr. Poon and Buffalo Wings & Vodka (BWV over on my blogroll).

As far as the actual presentations on Re-imagining the Curriculum that will happen at UW Law School next semester, it appears as if there will be eight total, including one by fellow-law-student Ethan and myself giving "Student Perspectives on Curricular Reform." The rough ideas are coming together but I'll wait to describe it in detail until I've heard more of what ya'll think should be in there.

The other seven presentations will all be from law-school faculty or staff. Here is the list. The descriptions provided below are my own, and based on sketchy info at that, because I haven't been to all the meetings. In any case, you can get an idea of what they'll be about.

1. A presentation one of the faculty members based on her paper that will be published in the 2004 symposium issue of the Wis. L. Rev. Generally speaking it's about the role that social science can play in legal education.

2. A comparison of our first-year curriculum to that of some other law schools.

3. What do people mean when they refer to the "legal method?" This one, I assume is going to be about teaching methods (like maybe the case method, the Socratic method, etc.) but I actually don't know. It could be about "legal method" as a curricular outcome, as in the way that graduates should approach their jobs or something.

4. A look at the two-track approach to legal education used at some other schools. One track for those who will be practitioners, a second track for students who will use their degree for academics, policy work, etc.

5. A presentation on Case Western Law School's innovative "Case Arc" program, which integrates skills and writing throughout the curriculum (hopefully from someone on the faculty at Case Western).

6. Creative approaches to clinical experiences.

7. Institutional resources and barriers to innovations in teaching and the curriculum. I'm thinking that it should come near the end because it'll help take the ideas from above and focus them on what's possible.
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