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Law Professors:
Still Stuck in the Same Old Classroom?
By Lisa Brem, Case Studies Program Manager
Last summer and fall, the Case Studies Program at Harvard Law School set out to learn more about what kinds of teaching methods and materials law school professors used. We sent out surveys to approximately 1,000 faculty and deans at law schools throughout the country and received about 290 responses.
We wanted to know whether the buzz about innovation in the legal classroom reflects reality. Are faculty using more participant-centered, experiential methods? Or are lectures, casebooks, and the Socratic method continuing to dominate? Read full report or forward to a friend...
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The Case Studies Program is piloting new website features to help customers explore our offerings. Now, visitors can browse by product type: role playdiscussion-based case studyworkshop-based case studyDVD, international materials, and free materials. Workshop-based case studies generally involve more class sessions than discussion-based case studies, and include a fairly extensive work-product assignment or exercise in addition to in-class discussion.

   New drop-down menu                                                        Case study teaching units
Over twenty sample teaching units are now available as well, designed to help educators implement cohesive case studies modules and to inspire other creative pairings of our materials. Included in each teaching unit are learning goals and two to five cases that pair nicely to meet these goals, as well as alternative case studies that could be substituted. Multiple units can be combined to produce an entire experiential course; for instance, the Problem Solving Workshop (PSW) units build upon one another to take students through increasingly difficult legal problems: interviewing and advising a client, representing the public, and handling transactions and controversy. Read full article...

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Can Governments Follow Their
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Product: "Consumer Financial Protection Bureau"
It is no easy task to create a new government agency, and the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau was no exception. After the recent financial crisis, the CFPB was conceived in 2011 as a way to regulate financial products, in the way that the Consumer Product Safety Commission regulates tangible products. However, some legislators took issue with its proposed clout, cost, and goals. The appointment of a director was wracked with controversy—President Obama instated Richard Cordray as a recess appointment while Congress was technically in session. Then, the CFPB endured a two-year purgatory, as Congress struggled to confirm Cordray as leader. Read full article...
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“Think of what we are doing as re-designing the Ames [Moot Court] Competition, producing an Ames Competition in Cyberspace,” Professor Charles Nesson said to his students. Skillful judgment, innovation, and active participation governed Nesson’s fall 2013 course “Internet & Society: Creating the Public Domain.” Inspired by his colleague Jonathan Zittrain, who co-taught the inaugural Advanced Problem Solving Workshop with John Palfrey in 2012, Nesson too adopted the problem solving methodology. The course used case studies with significant social impact to consider “the history of the Internet, its generative capacity for expanding our public realm, public access to open knowledge, and Internet-mediated civic engagement and political participation,” said Nesson. Read full article...
Will Online Education Support or Suppress the Public Domain?
Product: "MOOCs and Consequences for the
Future of Education"

Professor Charles Nesson believes that the Internet has a “generative capacity for expanding our public realm”; it seems that the creators of MOOCs, or massive open online courses, share his philosophy. Industry leaders like Coursera, Udacity, and edX have rapidly developed video lectures and online assignments for the masses; these MOOCs created a free cyberspace for the exchange of ideas, bolstered by relatively small fees for course certificates and licensing agreements with brick-and-mortar institutions. In the past few years, MOOCs have helped the public realm go virtual. 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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