These primary coursebooks cover the doctrine traditionally covered in the classroom while simultaneously offering experiential exercises that will illustrate the concepts of the subject being taught. The books feature the key cases and cover the doctrine in much the same fashion as other standard casebooks. But while building skills of case analysis is critical, it needn’t occupy all of the first year. The books in this series will help support a course that balances traditional case analysis with statutory and rule analysis and experiential education—learning by doing in the presence of an expert teacher.
Developing Professional Skills books are designed as supplemental texts that can be used to incorporate skills training in legal drafting, client interviewing and counseling, negotiation, advocacy and policy-making into traditional doctrinal courses. The skills exercises in each book are based on fundamental rules and doctrines learned by reading the professor's primary textbook, which makes it possible to incorporate the skills exercises without sacrificing the scope of coverage or assigning additional reading. The exercises may be completed either inside or outside of class in one hour or less. Each exercise requires the student to complete a work product template that may be used for assessment purposes.
Titles in the Bridge to Practice Series® help students to hit the ground running when they graduate. The books contain sets of simulations, covering a wide array of issues, that give students the opportunity to learn essential lawyering skills. These simulations put students in roles of counselor, oral advocate, and legal writer.
This supplemental series is designed to deepen doctrinal learning while building lawyering skills in the classroom. Each chapter includes Issue Areas, Learning Objectives, Hints, and Your Hometown (how to adapt the case study to your own state's laws). Use this series of books to perform an array of lawyering tasks that bring legal concepts to life.