A NITA faculty member and professor, Cary Bricker, was recently included in the creation of a book about law teachers. After nominations, three law professors—Michael Hunter Schwartz, Gerald F. Hess, and Sophie M. Sparrow—selected a group of law teachers for inclusion, one of whom was our very own Cary Bricker. They came to her school, watched her teach, and interviewed panels of her current and former students. They then put together a book which lays out those teaching methods, most of which can be considered experiential. The product of their effort is the book What the Best Law Teachers Do. The book is modeled after Ken Bain’s What the Best College Teachers Do.
Bricker said, “I love to teach and look forward to continuing to contribute to both my school and NITA.” And that is very recognizable with this recent achievement.
Here is a brief description of the book:
“What makes a great law professor? The first study of its kind, What the Best Law Teachers Do, identifies the methods, strategies, and personal traits of professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. This pioneering book will be of interest to any instructor seeking concrete, proven techniques for helping students succeed.
“What the Best Law Teachers Do introduces readers to twenty-six professors from law schools across the United States. These instructors are renowned for their exacting standards: they set expectations high, while also making course requirements—and their belief that their students can meet them—clear from the outset. They demonstrate professional behavior and tell students to approach class as they would their future professional life: by being as prepared, polished, and gracious as possible. And they prepare themselves for class in depth, even when they have taught the course for years.
“The best law professors understand that the little things matter. They start class on time and stay afterward to answer questions. They learn their students’ names and respond promptly to emails. These instructors are all tough—but they are also committed, creative, and compassionate mentors. With its close-to-the-ground accounts of exceptional educators in action, What the Best Law Teachers Do offers insights into effective pedagogy that transcend the boundaries of legal education.”
If you are interested in purchasing the book, it retails for $29.95, but Amazon is offering it at $21.62.