Faculty-led Inquiry into Reflective and Scholarly Teaching (FIRST)


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Hayden, Chelsi K.. "Legal Research and Writing LRW (Law 513)" (2019). UNL Faculty Portfolios, 150. https://digitalcommons.unl.edu/prtunl/150


This portfolio explores and documents student learning in a required first-year law course, Legal Analysis, Research and Writing. This portfolio focuses on two specific course learning objectives: (1) organizing a legal argument (CRAC or a variation) and (2) explaining legal rules. I evaluated student work on the two writing assignments with the most weight—Research Memo 1 and Research Memo 2 to analyze whether students improved their understanding of and ability to perform the selected learning goals. I was specifically interested in student improvement from Research Memo 1 to Research Memo 2 because they represent a formative and a summative assessment and because students have an opportunity to rewrite Research Memo 1 after receiving written feedback.