A Compendium Of Innovative Law School Courses

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System has compiled a portfolio of innovative law school courses. This is a great resource for other law professors to compare and contrast their own teaching methods.

Each course has detailed course information, and the courses include:

This course teaches legislative drafting skills while also teaching administrative law, using the novel Jurassic Park as a real-world scenario to drive the course-long simulation.

Roberto L. Corrada
Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
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This required, upper-level course is designed to provide students with a conceptual and practical understanding of the meaning and application of the rules governing the admission of evidence at trial.

Steven Friedland
Elon University School of Law
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This course is an elective for the second or third year, with a goal of providing students with a very realistic understanding of how lawyers actually negotiate.

John Lande
University of Missouri School of Law
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This is an advanced tax course taken by upper-level students. The course is designed to transmit substantive knowledge through a problem-based approach.

Anthony C. Infanti
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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This course is an in-house live client clinic, offering a multidisciplinary learning experience to second and third year law students.

JoNel Newman and Melissa Swain
University of Miami School of Law
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This is an upper level simulation course with an emphasis on research, drafting and presentation for a legislative immersion experience.

Jean Whitney
William S. Boyd School of Law
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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The course is a semester-long simulated negotiation of an international business transaction offered to upper level JD and LL.M. students.

Jay Gary Finkelstein and Daniel D. Bradlow
Washington College of Law
American University
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This is an upper level practicum in a niche area of law offered in the first year that uses peer teaching to promote reflection.

Wes Reber Porter
School of Law
Golden Gate University
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This required, first year course goes beyond the “law of lawyering” by putting the rules in context of practice and exploring the students’ professional futures.

William D. Henderson
Maurer School of Law
Indiana University

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This upper-level elective uses lecture, collaboration, legal writing, and other methods to teach the student how to solve the client problems, which may have legal, business, practical, and ethical dimensions.

Michael Madison
University of Pittsburgh School of Law
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Students enrolled in this upper level course are designated the Ethics Committee of Stanford Law School’s Mills Legal Clinic.

Lawrence C. Marshall
Stanford Law School
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These litigation and transactional immersion courses are part of a required third year experiential curriculum.

James Moliterno
Washington & Lee University School of Law
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This is an upper level Carnegie-integrated course, with a required legal writing component.

Benjamin Madison
Regent University School of Law
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This is a first year course that uses collaborative learning, group discussion, peer teaching and Socratic inquiry.

Gillian K. Hadfield
Gould School of Law
University of Southern California
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This is a required first-year contracts course, taught in two sequential semesters

Michael Hunter Schwartz
Washburn University School of Law
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This course is an upper level, elective course that blends substantive doctrine with field observation and simulated exercises.

Andrew Schepard
Maurice A. Deane School of Law
Hofstra University
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This course is an upper level practice-focused course in the law of Civil Discovery. I created the course to address the lack of practical courses on discovery in most law school curricula.

David Thomson
Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
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This course is an upper-level, elective course allowing students to organize and elect a union to represent them in negotiations with the professor over the terms and conditions of the course.

Roberto L. Corrada
Sturm College of Law
University of Denver
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This is an upper level course that uses team- and case-based analysis to deepen students’ understanding of contract law principles and their capacity to deploy them in the context of solving practical problems that involve contracting relationships.

Gillian K. Hadfield
Gould School of Law
University of Southern California

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