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

 

Date of this Version

2019

Document Type

Article

Citation

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

Abstract

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.

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