Friday, 3:30 – 5:00 pm
GIVING CREDIT WHERE IT’S DUE: CHALLENGES AND OPPORTUNITIES OF THE ONE-CREDIT SEMINAR, Room LB 11
Jodi S. Balsam, Brooklyn Law School
Jennifer Mailly, University of Connecticut School of Law
Marjorie Silver, Touro College Jacob D. Fuchsberg Law Center
Externship faculty responsible for curriculum and course design have experimented with a variety of approaches to the one-credit seminar, meeting with varying levels of success. A panel of experienced externship directors will first present survey data on externship seminars nationwide, and briefly describe their experiences teaching in diverse programs. The panel will lead a structured conversation of six important attributes of externship seminar design: (1) seminar learning outcomes; (2) class size and composition; (3) class schedule and timing; (4) in-class activities; (5) out-of-class assignments; and (6) assessment and grading. The presenters will share their collective wisdom and brainstorm new ways to motivate and engage students in this classroom setting. Through moderated discussion and small group work, participants will collaborate on how to design seminar features to optimize the student experience in a one-credit course.