Educators Convene at Albany Law School to Discuss Outcomes & Objectives

On December 4, 2009, Albany Law School Dean Thomas Guernsey and keynote speaker Roy Stuckey headlined the 2009 Northeast Regional Conference “Developing and Defining Measurable Goals for Teaching Law Students.

Professor Stuckey, author of Best Practices for Legal Education and a Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Law at the University of South Carolina School of Law, spoke about “Setting Measureable Goals for Law Student Teaching,” calling out legal education for preparing students to think like appellate judges rather than lawyers.

The conference, hosted by Albany Law School, focused on the importance of setting measurable learning goals and implementing them in both the clinic and non-clinic classroom setting. Participants discussed both general trends in curriculum reform and specific ways to develop goals to measure student learning.

Professors from Syracuse University and The College of St. Rose discussed “Pedagogy and Course Goals.”

The conference was sponsored by the AALS Section on Legal Education, Albany Law School, Syracuse University College of Law, University at Buffalo Law School and Vermont Law School.

Audio of the conference’s presentations,  including Professor Stuckey’s Keynote address.

2009 Northeast Regional Conference at Albany Law School

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  1. This conference was a testament to the synergy and productivity that comes from collaboration and community. Collaboration among clinical faculty at several schools; collaboration between higher education professors and law professors; and internally the support of over 25 of our Albany Law faculty who teach throughout the curriculum. Roy Stuckey used the metaphor of Dickens ‘”A Christmas Carol” to discuss the past, present and “yet to come” of legal education. Found on http://www.teaching law (
    He also analyzed the newest version of the proposed changes to ABA accreditation standards on Student Learning Outcomes drafted for the January 8-9, 2010 AALS meeting. (Also found at above site) I will blog about my impressions tomorrow!

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