Threedy's Developing Professional Skills: Contracts (Interactive Lessons)

West Academic Publishing
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Interactive Videos
Developing Professional Skill
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This set of interactive modules seeks to aid the professor who wants to introduce skills training within the context of a traditional doctrinal course. Legal education is on the cusp of a new era. Law students and the profession are demanding that students leave law school better prepared for practice, with lawyering skills in place. Concurrently, learning science has shown that experiential learning (for example, a skills-based simulation) improves student outcomes with regard to mastery of a subject. Incorporating skills training into a traditional Contracts course is challenging, however, as professors feel constrained to cover the basics of doctrinal law and may not feel well-equipped to teach skills. The interactive modules provide ten independent exercises designed to introduce students to the skills of legal drafting, client interviewing and counseling, and advocacy, but with a particular emphasis on contract drafting, as that skill is so closely tied in to Contracts.

In this brand new interactive format, the exercises are entirely student-led, making them perfect for distance learning, asynchronous courses, or as an outside-of-class supplement in brick-and-mortar or hybrid courses. Each lesson provides the student with the necessary legal rules, practice tips, and professional responsibility concepts applicable to the exercise. After completing the assignment, the lesson then provides a short quiz on the doctrinal concepts, and a full rubric to allow for self-assessment of student’s work.

Each exercise is based on fundamental Contracts rules and doctrines so that the modules can be used as supplemental learning tools with any doctrinal casebook. Students are required to spend a manageable one to two hours on such tasks as replying to a client e-mail, writing a demand letter to an opposing party, counseling a client, litigating a breach of contract claim, and drafting specific parts of a contract, such as a representation or a condition, as well as drafting a settlement agreement.