Albany Law School Dean Thomas Guernsey examined on Friday for a group of legal educators from around New England the pressures faced by law schools on a macro level -- from employer expectations to job market to rankings to student debt -- and how individual law schools are expected to respond. He and keynote speaker Roy Stuckey headlined the 2009 Northeast Regional Conference "Developing and Defining Measurable Goals for Teaching Law Students" on Dec. 3 and 4.
Professor Stuckey, author of Best Practices for Legal Education and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, spoke about "Setting Measureable Goals for Law Student Teaching," calling out legal education for preparing students to think like appellate judges rather than lawyers. Professor Stuckey helped develop the Legal Education Reform Index with the American Bar Association (ABA) and has served on approximately 15 ABA accreditation site inspection teams.
The conference, hosted by Albany Law School, focused on the importance of setting measurable learning goals and implementing them in both the clinic and non-clinic classroom setting. Participants discussed both general trends in curriculum reform and specific ways to develop goals to measure student learning.
Professors from Syracuse University and The College of St. Rose discussed "Pedagogy and Course Goals." Click here for to see the full agenda.
The conference was sponsored by the AALS Section on Legal Education, Albany Law School, Syracuse University College of Law, University at Buffalo Law School and Vermont Law School.