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4 Responses

  1. Ben says:

    There are a lot of factors. First, 1Ls know a lot less, and therefore have to ask more questions. Secondly, the amount of questions students ask is indicitive of two things: (1) their level of understanding of the material; and, (2) their interest therein.

    Students who don’t get it, and students who really get it will both ask questions. The students who really get it are usually also very interested in the topic, and more likely to ask questions that go beyond the class material, rather than the students who ask you to clairify the class material.

    Also, some upper level classes are harder than others. I asked a lot more quesions after the class in Fed Courts than I did in Evidence. The fact that the upper levels aren’t asking questions could be that they just get it and aren’t particularly interested in learning a lot more about it than you’re covering.

  2. Michael says:

    The truth is that I learned much, much more about legal method, substantive law, and everything else connected to law from the mentoring that I received after graduating from law school than from any law professor. The reason is that the mnetors used more effective and hands on techniques than lecture, socratic dialogue, commenting on writing and testing. Sadly, when I began working with legal educators in Eastern Europe, I found that the situation was far, far worse. My point — yes, there is a need for better thinking on how to teach law better.

  3. Michael says:

    The truth is that I learned much, much more about legal method, substantive law, and everything else connected to law from the mentoring that I received after graduating from law school than from any law professor. The reason is that the mnetors used more effective and hands on techniques than lecture, socratic dialogue, commenting on writing and testing. Sadly, when I began working with legal educators in Eastern Europe, I found that the situation was far, far worse. My point — yes, there is a need for better thinking on how to teach law better.

  4. Skorri says:

    It has nothing to do with your teaching. It’s just that the 1Ls haven’t learned yet that it’s not cool to be a gunner.