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18 Law Tchr. 1 (2011-2012)

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Inside...
Teaching Thinking and the Legal Creative
Process  .......................................................... . 3
Teaching Students How to Evaluate a Written
Work's Quality......................... 7
Music and the Law School Classroom .............. 8
On Supervising the Law Review Note............10
Teaching Advocacy through a
Real Simulation........................11
Doctrine and Practice and Skills, Oh My:
A First Year Curricular Experiment .............12
Crossword Puzzle: A Crash Course
in the Law of Fair Use....................14
Let's Focus on Forms for Teaching.............16
Integrity Feedback......................18
W hy  I Teach....................................................... 19
Fair Use Crossword Puzzle Solution ...............19
Board Member Column: Seeking
Balance in a Tbilisi Classroom..............20
The 30% Rule...........................22
Book Review: Choke: What the Secrets of
the Brain Reveal About Getting it Right When
You  Have  To................................................... 23
Making Students Practice-Ready Is
Not About Verisimilitude..................24
What's Past is Prologue: A Review of Current
Issues in Constitutional Litigation:
A Context and Practice Casebook...........26
Board Member Column: Small Scale
Curriculum Mapping....................28
Google It: Responding to Tough Economic
Times by Integrating Free Electronic
Research in the Classroom...............30
Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
Spring 2012 Conference Information...........31
Teaching On-Line Has Been a Great
Experience for Me (Hopefully for
my Students As Well)..................34
Student Column: Aligning Instructional
Priorities with the Realities
of Legal Practice................................. 36
Institute for Law Teaching and Learning
Summer Conference Inf ormation..........37

INST ITUTE  FOR
.Aw TEACHING AND LEARNING

Northeastern's Pathway to Practice
Course: Legal Ethics and Professionalism
on Co-op and Beyond
By Luke Bierman, Northeastern University School of Law

A t Northeastern University School
of Law, we believe that effective
teaching must be grounded in
a curriculum that integrates theory and
practice. At the same time, we place
great emphasis on the public interest and
social justice issues at the heart of our
legal system and the rule of law. This
year we introduced a team-designed and
taught course that prepares our students
for their first cooperative education
experience, an essential cornerstone in
our unique legal education model.
All Northeastern law students complete
a traditional first year of classroom-
based study. Then, in their upper-level
years, they alternate academic quarters
with co-ops, Northeastern's term for
full-time field placements in law firms,
legal services organizations, government
agencies, and other legal settings
throughout the US and world. Through
their co-op experiences, students put
into practice what they've learned in the
classroom. By the time they graduate,
with almost a full year of hands-on
experience under their belts, the students
have had the chance to explore different
practice settings and areas of the law and

are ready to hit the ground running as
young lawyers.
While we have developed many excellent
programs and processes over the years
to prepare our students for their first
co-op, we decided there was even more
we could do to ensure their success as
they headed out of the classroom and
into the real legal world. This year,
we introduced a mandatory course to
enhance students' preparation for their
co-op experience. Pathway to Practice:
Legal Ethics and Professionalism on Co-
op and Beyond is an intensive, week-
long immersion course that students
take just before they head into their first
co-ops.
We launched this course because there
was a sense among our faculty and
students returning from co-ops that they
hadn't received enough ethics instruction
and professionalism training during the
first year to fully support them in their
initial foray into the world of practice.
We taught the course for the first time in
May 2011, immediately after 1L exams
were over. Reflecting Northeastern's
commitment to collaboration, the
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