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VIDEO: The Problem Solving Workshop

     The Case Studies Program produced a short video about the Problem Solving Workshop featuring Professors Todd Rakoff and Joe Singer, authors of several PSW case studies and creators of the course. Rakoff and Singer discuss how PSW addresses shortcomings in legal education, their experience teaching PSW, and their favorite case studies, such as Landlord’s Dilemma and Medical Stent. The video includes interviews with students and footage from PSW classrooms.
     The PSW format inspired other HLS professors to expand into “advanced” problem solving courses in Internet and SocietyIntellectual Property, and Cyberlaw. PSW case studies are very low cost or free and available to the public on our website. Look for them under “Workshop-Based Case Studies.”

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Crash Course on Flipped Classrooms
      Bloom's taxonomy classifies learning into different cognitive processes.
Bloom's taxonomy classifies learning into different cognitive processes.

Planning to flip a course? The web's best lessons on making the flip:
Believe it.
Study it.
Rethink it.
Design it.
Top 5 Tips for Creating Course Videos

TheFirstYear Project's Aaron Dewald has online modules for law school down to a science—literally:
1. Combine the verbal with the visual.
2. Less is more.
3. 10 minutes, max.
4. Write a script.
5. Talk like Toy Story.
Learn more about Aaron Dewald and the science behind online instruction...

A Deeper Look at Our Featured Products
Do Prosecutors Optimize Justice?

"Prosecutorial Discretion in Charging and Plea Bargaining:
The Aaron Swartz Case"

In January 2011, an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts’ Internet and Computer Crimes Unit was assigned a case from MIT. For months, a guest on MIT's computer network had downloaded much of online journal database JSTOR, the magnitude and speed of which disrupted JSTOR servers and shut down MIT's JSTOR access for 3 days. Suspecting cybercrime, MIT police asked local authorities for help--in doing so, it became a federal case. Read full article...
The Dos and Don'ts of a Cross-Deputization Agreement
"The Case of

A new problem solving workshop case, “The Case of Cross-Deputization,” teaches 1Ls the basics of planning transactions and resolving controversy. In the simulated case, conflict in legal authority between the Spokane Tribe and Lincoln County has made law enforcement difficult on the reservation’s borders, particularly when it comes to drunk driving. Tribal officers cannot pursue drivers once they leave the reservation, and would like the authority to engage in “hot pursuit.” Read full article...
Negotiating Value:
What is Art Worth?

"Set Sale!"
Set Sale!, a role play authored by HLS lecturer Chad Carr, debuted this spring in his Negotiation Workshop to an enthusiastic response. Carr reported, “There was a lot of energy in the room and students were very animated in their assessments of the climbing or plummeting value of the artwork, depending upon the side they represented.” Carr wrote Set Sale! as the workshop's inaugural exercise, because it introduces core concepts in negotiation theory and negotiation role-playing techniques. Read full article...
For more information, or to discuss how to adapt our case studies for your academic or professional education needs, contact Lisa Brem, Case Studies Program Manager, at
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