A reading list on Legal Education: Guest post from SJ Nussbaum

Guest post from Osgoode PhD2, IFLS reading group member, GLSA conference organizer etc, Sarah-jane Nussbaum. Sarah-jane and I are really interested in your suggestions for important readings – I’m looking for new (but send your classics) work on race  gender in legal education. -sonia

Thinking about Law Teaching: A Legal Education Reading Group &A Reading List (a starting place) on Legal Education and Pedagogy

Over the course of the 2017-2018 academic year, I had the pleasure of facilitating a peer-led legal education reading group for Osgoode Hall Law School’s Graduate Program in Law. The idea to develop the reading group arose in collaboration with Professor Sonia Lawrence, Osgoode’s Graduate Program Director. We invited graduate students and faculty members to join informal meeting sessions aimed at fostering reflection on legal education and pedagogy. Session themes were chosen collectively, with members of the group sharing input on the types of topics they wished to explore.

Listed below are the readings we covered during this year’s sessions. I am tremendously grateful to reading group participants and Osgoode faculty members for introducing me to a number of the resources on this list, and for contributing to thoughtful and engaging discussions. Through our four sessions, we barely began to scratch the surface of the range of topics proposed and the wealth of literature available. The list below is meant to offer a sample of some exceptional, novel, and timely readings on legal education and pedagogy. I hope it might be helpful to anyone interested in tracking down materials on legal education, dipping into some of the scholarship, or developing a similar reading group!

I plan to continue facilitating the reading group at Osgoode this coming year, and I will post readings as the sessions unfold. I would also be grateful for any suggestions, ideas, and thoughts [you can put these in the comments, or write to Sarah-jane directly, her email is on the downloadable reading list]

— Sarah-jane Nussbaum, PhD Student, Osgoode Hall Law School


September 21, 2017

RA Macdonald, Book Review of Introduction to the Study of Law by SM Waddams, (1981) 31 UTLJ 436.

Julian Webb, “The ‘Ambitious Modesty’ of Harry Arthurs’ Humane Professionalism” (2006) 44:1 Osgoode Hall LJ 119.

October 2, 2017

Alli Gerkman & Logan Cornett, Foundations for Practice: The Whole Lawyer and the Character Quotient (Denver: Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, 2016), online: <http://iaals.du.edu/sites/default/files/reports/foundations_for_practice_whole_lawyer_character_quotient.pdf>.

Mari J Matsuda, “Admit That the Waters Around You Have Grown: Change and Legal Education” (2014) 89:4 Ind LJ 1381.

November 24, 2017

Ruthann Robson, “Enhancing Reciprocal Synergies Between Teaching and Scholarship” (2015) 64:3 J Leg Educ 480.

Heidi Holland, “Utilizing Various Learning Styles and Repetition to Enhance Understanding”, Institute for Law Teaching and Learning, Law Teaching Blog, online: <http://lawteaching.org/2017/02/28/gutilizing-various-learning-styles-and-repetition-to-enhance-understanding/>

Heather K. Gerken, “How to Teach the Socratic Method with a Heart” (Fall 2014) 21:1 The Law Teacher 24.

Sophie Sparrow, “Making Time for Students to Think” (Spring 2016) 22:2 The Law Teacher 16.

Steven I. Friedland, “Teaching Beyond Boundaries: Using Signature Pedagogies to Enhance Learning Outcomes” (Fall 2015) 22:1 The Law Teacher 25.

Nancy Levit, “Teaching to Engage” (Spring 2014) 20:2 The Law Teacher 7.

Note: The Law Teacher articles are all available electronically on the Institute for Law Teaching website: <http://lawteaching.org/the-law-teacher/>

February 5, 2018

Canada, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action (Winnipeg, 2015), online: <http://www.trc.ca/websites/trcinstitution/File/2015/Findings/Calls_to_Action_English2.pdf>. See especially Calls to Action #28, 50.

Jeffery G Hewitt, “Decolonizing and Indigenizing: Some Considerations for Law Schools” (2016) 33:1 Windsor YB Access Just 65.

Karen Drake, “Finding a Path to Reconciliation: Mandatory Indigenous Law, Anishinaabe Pedagogy, and Academic Freedom” (2017) 95:1 Can Bar Rev 9.


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