In this article, Dean Abrams and Professor Masinter explain the pedagogical bases for the innovative reform of the Nova Law School curriculum. The faculty abolished large first-year classes, capping each section at 40 students. This provided opportunity for focused attention by instructors on the needs of each student. In addition, the second and third year curriculum featured workshop courses in a variety of subjects which allowed students to learn substantive law by doing the work of lawyers in particular settings, including bankruptcy, real estate transactions and alternative dispute resolution. The simulations made use of new hardware and software and engaged students in the practical training needed in preparation for their work as attorneys.
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Law schools, Law students, Law teachers, law school curriculum, Legal Education
Abrams, Roger I. and Masinter, Michael R., "The New Nova curriculum: training lawyers for the twenty-first century" (1987). School of Law Faculty Publications. 313.