Since I have been a practicing trial attorney, I have had the opportunity to teach the law to eager law students that wanted to learn how to be an attorney, which is not highly taught in law schools. Keeping in mind their levels of experience and knowledge of the law, I have been able to develop ways of teaching them by giving them assisting tasks to complete on a variety of cases I have handled.
For example, I have had law students fact check complete files in the lead-up to trials. I have also requested students draft pleadings, complete legal research tasks, prepare trial exhibits and conduct witness interviews. At all times I reinforced that these students and their work were very important to the matter on which they were working. And because I placed an appropriate level of trust in them, the work they provide is important.
I believe the learning should go beyond the ability to recall and recite what a person has memorized, as this is not something that has been actually learned but rather, something simply remembered. Ideally a student should understand the subject matter. For example, when studying history, many students feel poorly about having to memorize the dates of events, which is understandable.
Knowing that Pearl Harbor was attacked on December 7, 1941 is much less important than knowing why Pearl Harbor was attacked by the Japanese empire. It is in my opinion that subjects such as history, are learned more effectively if students are taught to see the overall picture of events and not allowed to get lost in the minutia of dates and other trivial matters.
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