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Students: Is Your Law School Like a Game Show?

No, the title of this post is not a reference to the still-raging debate about whether going to law school is or is not the stupidest thing a kid could possibly do if he's looking for, you know, a job upon graduation.

It's a little bit more mundane than that. As reported in yesterday's ABA Journal, some law professors are using technology make sure their students are up to speed (and are not spending class time reading about which boy-band members are getting pelted with prophylactics on stage). Specifically, they're distributing "clickers" to their students.

The New York Times ran an article the other day on the use of clickers in higher education generally, but the ABA Journal article mentions professor Daniel Moriarty of Albany Law School, who required his students to "click in" the answers to their homework at the beginning of each class.  Or, at least he did in 2007, when the linked post was written. And just like as when a contestant used an "ask the audience" lifeline on "Who Wants to be a Millionaire," the number of students choosing each multiple choice answer is displayed on a large screen for all to see.

I had never heard of this sort of thing before. Professor James B. Levy at the Legal Skills Prof Blog seems to think it's a great idea. Talk to me, law students. How pervasive is this practice? Pros and cons? Ever tempted to take the physical challenge?


Posted by Eric Lipman on November 18, 2010 at 10:35 AM | Permalink | Comments (1)


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