Flipped Classrooms in Law School: A Bright Future

Posted on 04-06-2017 by
Tags: law student , Law school , flipped classroom , legal education , law professor

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The flipped classroom - Survey underscores innovation in law school learning


Just flip it.

That’s law school innovation in 3 simple words.

And in 3 more simple words, flipping works well.

The flipped-classroom model is freeing up class time for deeper legal discussions, problem-solving and hands-on activities. And with an expected growth rate of 35% between 2016 and 2020, flipped learning looks to be the future of law school learning.

And with good reason. According to a recent LexisNexis study, the flipped classroom is impacting the way future lawyers learn.

The Flipped Classroom Defined

For purposes of the LexisNexis study, a flipped classroom was defined as any class that assigned any online content (videos, podcasts, PowerPoint presentations and exercises) for students to experience outside the classroom.

Flipping is considered innovative because outside learning expands in-class time. This frees law professors to work with law students on developing the practice skills they’re expected to have when they graduate from law school.

The Flipped Classroom: The “Best” Law School Strategy

Adopters who are the most supportive of the flipped-classroom method consider flipping one of their classroom best practices. “Best” might sound like exaggeration, but according to the LexisNexis study, more than half of the faculty respondents said that student learning improved through the flipped-classroom approach.

(click to enlarge "Student Learning Improvement through Flipped-Classroom Approach") 

In terms of satisfaction, most faculty respondents (71%) were satisfied with flipped learning. And when thinking about satisfaction from their law students, respondents reported that 61% of students were satisfied with the flipped-classroom approach.

And law students aren’t just satisfied academically. They’re also satisfied emotionally. According to Ed Tech’s Julie Tausend, a Pepperdine study showed that flipping the law school classroom can ease student anxiety. According to the study, 72.3% of students reduced their anxiety by knowing what to expect from their law school course.

Supporting the Flipped Classroom with Lexis® Learn for Law Schools

LexisNexis provides law school faculty with Lexis® Learn, an online learning platform to supplement research curricula used in legal education. Lexis Learn is designed to help students learn legal research fundamentals through interactive online videos with built-in assessment so that instructors can focus on more in-depth content and activities during class. Because online video is the most popular resource assigned in a flipped-classroom environment, Lexis Learn is clearly a tool that can support and facilitate implementation of flipped-classroom methods.

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Read the full study Law Faculty Study Shows Better Student Results with Flipped Classroom.


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