Students Teaching Students
Here's the cold, hard view on law-student motivation: "So many people end up in law school by default" that the problem of unmotivated students will always be with us. "It's best to use it to your advantage" according to this view. "[S]o many students are unmotivated that an ounce of motivation gets you very far." (Thanks, to Hatch, sorely
-needed and much-appreciated Siskal to our Ebert) (or, in blog terminology, Becker to our Posner)(*).
I will resist the temptation to agree. But not because I'm feigning an interest in the greater good. My desire to see more students become engaged is a selfish one. (Soon to become a moot one, as I'm graduating in two months).
This is my fourth year of law school, and almost everyone in my actual law school "class" has gone and 'lef me all lone. As I wander about the place I miss seeing the familiar faces of the 200-odd students with whom I went head-first through the wringer as a 1L. Even more than the group as a whole, I miss the handful of engaged
students with whom I forged
an intellectual connection
during our three years together. I suspect that at law school we learn just as much if not more from our classmates as from our professors. Not for lack of trying on the professors' part. That's just the way it is--students teach each other.
But I want more more more. So I often wish that we law students would become a bit more engaged in our learning.
And I do
think that the Law School, upon realizing that fact, could and should shape the learning environment by making changes to the curriculum in order take advantage of it.
*Read a number of his other provocative, if cynical, points in the comments here.