June 08, 2011
The Conglomerate’s Summer Roundtables on Teaching
Posted by Erik Gerding

The business world and legal practice have been turned upside down in the last five years. Law schools face daunting challenges to prepare graduates not only for tough job markets, but also for long term careers in a field that now seems to change at warp speed.

This summer, the Conglomerate is organizing a series of roundtables on teaching business law courses. We have invited groups of law professors to share their innovations and ideas on how they are teaching and adapting particular courses. (We are in early stages of planning a roundtable on the law school business curriculum more generally for later in the summer.)

We have given our roundtable guests free rein to talk about how their approaches and innovations in teaching. Among the topics they may discuss are:

  • Whether and how they incorporate transactional elements into their course?
  • How do they decide what graduates most need (and may not get elsewhere in law school or as a young lawyer) for practice?
  • How their course fills gaps that might exist elsewhere in the law school curriculum?
  • To what extent does the course incorporate business, economic, or other theoretical concepts?
  • How have they adapted the course in light of the financial crisis and regulatory response?
  • Does ethics or professional responsibility fit into the course?

Our hope is that the insights of our guests will benefit not only first time teachers, but also veteran professors. Here is our line-up of roundtables for the summer:

  • Contracts: June 9-10 (tomorrow and Friday);
  • Banking/Financial Institutions: June 16-17;
  • Corporate Finance: June 23-24
  • Business Associations/Corporations: July 18-19
  • Securities Regulation: TBA

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