Sandra Simpson (Gonzaga), Legislation College students Left Behind: Legislation College’s Position in Remedying the Devastating Results of Federal Training Coverage, 107 Minn. L. Rev. __ (2023):
Because of the unintended penalties of misdirected federal schooling coverage, college students come to regulation college with underdeveloped crucial considering and cognitive adaptability expertise. Because the merchandise of the No Baby Left Behind Act (“NCLB”) and its progeny, college students educated in the US after 2002 excel at memorization and multiple-choice examination methods however weren’t afforded the apply wanted to totally develop different crucial skilled attributes. That is problematic as these are the very traits regulation college students should be a profitable pupil and lawyer. Additional, authorized employers are demanding their new legal professionals possess these capabilities upon commencement from regulation college. The Uniform Bar Examination might also be considerably altering to check these important qualities.
As a result of federal schooling coverage, exemplified by NCLB and its progeny, has the impact of encouraging memorization and narrowing the Ok-12 curriculum, college students skilled a much less holistic schooling which might have given them extra coaching in and apply of mandatory skilled expertise. These statutes concentrate on high-stakes testing has created holes within the Ok-12 schooling. This text analyzes these important expertise, discusses what led as much as the federal statutes and coverage, focuses on the federal statutes at fault, and explores what larger schooling is doing to deal with the deficits. The article then argues regulation faculties and professors can and may help their college students in creating these attributes by adapting instructing strategies, enhancing institutional and classroom assessments, and broadening the curriculum. Legislation faculties owe that to its college students. The tutorial background of the regulation college students has modified, making static authorized schooling outdated. Drawing on interdisciplinary strategies, schooling regulation and coverage, instructional science, and fashions from undergraduate establishments, the article makes theoretical and concrete recommendations to assist regulation college students bridge this instructional hole.