Sessions Information

  • January 6, 2011
    2:00 pm - 5:00 pm
    Session Type: AALS Committee Programs
    Session Capacity: N/A
    Hotel: Parc 55 Wyndham San Francisco Union Square
    Room: Sutro
    Floor: Second Floor Level

    Student assessment is an important aspect of our work in legal education.  How can the methods we use to evaluate student progress further – or imperil – our efforts to nurture accomplished and responsible professionals? This program will consider assessment methods as tools for fostering learning and for identifying and developing the full range of skills necessary for excellence in the practice of law.


    We recognize that discussions of assessment often are laden with jargon that can be off-putting to law school faculty.  This program will move beyond jargon to discuss several critical purposes of assessment.  We will explore in detail how achieving our educational goals may require us to reconsider and reconfigure the way we measure student progress.  We also will consider assessment in light of students’ educational and psychological needs, and examine the new work in this area that is being done by law professors around the country.  The program will include demonstrations, discussion and specific examples of innovative assessment techniques. We anticipate that the first panel will take approximately 45 minutes, with the second panel directly following.


    Panel I.          Why Student Assessment Matters


    Moderator:       Elizabeth M. Schneider, Brooklyn Law School

    Speakers:         Aderson B. Francois, Howard University School of Law

                            Meredith J. Harbach, University of Richmond School of Law

                            Greg Munro, University of Montana School of Law


    This panel first will ask the question: what are we assessing? Possible answers include: communicating effectively; developing analytical skills; exercising professional judgment; and understanding an

Session Speakers
Mitchell Hamline School of Law

New York University School of Law

Howard University School of Law

University of New Hampshire Franklin Pierce School of Law

University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

The University of Richmond School of Law

University of Tennessee College of Law

Alexander Blewett III School of Law at the University of Montana

Brooklyn Law School

University of Arkansas School of Law

Session Fees
  • 5185 Committee on Curriculum Issues Program: $0.00