News and information useful to Cleveland-Marshall College of Law students, faculty and staff.


New – AVs in Online Teaching Guide

image of woman holding laptop with different media coming out of itThe Law Library has a new research guide – Audiovisuals in Online Teaching – that provides information on resources concerning the effective use of audiovisuals in online teaching. The resources are relevant for law schools and universities, including journal literature, books and websites. The guide also provides information on AV educational fair use, as well as AV resources and products. The Audiovisual in Online Teaching guide is one of the over 65 C|M|Law Library Research Guides.

Using Popular Culture to Teach Law Students

A recent article by Victoria S. Salzmann, Here’s Hulu: How Popular Culture Helps Teach the New Generation of Law Students [42 McGeorge L. Rev. 297] explains how and why popular-culture references are effective teaching tools for younger law students, especially the Millennial Generation of twenty-one to thirty-one year-olds. Salzmann demonstrates that law students in this generation respond to visual stimuli at a rate far beyond their predecessors. After discussing the psychology of why popular-culture references engage students, Salzmann explains how to incorporate popular-culture references into law teaching, and addresses challenges with using them.  Salzmann suggests using popular-culture references as hypothetical fact patterns, using them to illustrate a point, or for their actual content. The author provides examples from all media types, including TV, movies, songs, and the Internet. Another resource for teaching: check out I’ve Got A Hit — a wiki collecting legal pop culture references. Thanks to Kevin Garewal for the wiki tip!

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Ten Law School Myths to Consider

Sociologists, anthropologists and others tell us that myths are important cultural glue, binding societies together. David Crump, in his article “Ten Necessary Myths of Law School” recently published in The Journal of Law in Society contends that law school is a society with its own myths, too. Crump says these myths are “necessary” in order to avoid undermining law school teaching methods.  A summary of the ten myths:

  • Law school uses the case method.
  • The case method teaches you how to “think like a lawyer.”
  • The case method teaches you how to think, period.
  • Lawyering strategies / skills is somehow intellectually inferior to the case method.
  • The content of what professors teach doesn’t really matter.
  • The professor’s lack of actual practice experience doesn’t really matter.
  • Today’s scholarship enhances law school teaching.
  • You learn legal ethics in law school.
  • Law students don’t need to know practice management.
  • You learn legal writing in law school.

The full article [10 J.L. Soc’y 33] is available on LexisNexis and LexisNexis Academic.