United Nations class trip: Preparation activities

Urban law schools present rich opportunities for learning outside the classroom. Our ALDA and TLP LLM students recently had a wonderful class trip to the United Nations Headquarters, located just across the East River in Manhattan. In addition to the standard tour of … Continue reading

Teaching legal thinking to LLM students: Oral vs. written

As I continue to work through the “multiple model answer approach” in my experiment with teaching legal writing to LLM students this semester (aka the banana peel/jogger question), I’ve also begun exposing the students to multiple recorded oral model answers … Continue reading

Newsela.com and the death of Justice Scalia

It’s in the news. It’s a great issue to discuss in class with LL.M. students. Supreme Court. Constitutional issues, checks and balances, strict constructionists, and more. But so much background knowledge is involved in discussing any aspect of Justice Scalia’s … Continue reading

Creative use of the law school as a resource

One of the great things about running and teaching the American Law: Discourse & Analysis (ALDA) Program is that it operates completely within St. John’s Law School. And working within the law school means access to resources that can be used creatively … Continue reading

Reading is not a skill: Helping LLM students comprehend law school texts

The Challenge: Helping international students to better read and comprehend law school texts. Solution #1: Recognize that successful reading is highly dependent on background information. Take the sentence: “A-Rod hit into a 6-4-3 double-play to end the game.” If a … Continue reading

Teaching summarizing to LLM students: Some recent thoughts

As I’ve discussed in a previous post, teaching LLM students to summarize can be deceivingly difficult. Summarizing requires control of language as well as an intuitive understanding of what is expected the relevant audience in a summary. Additionally, it’s difficult … Continue reading