Distance Learning

Fifteen Simple Ways (“low hanging fruit”) for Law Professors to Integrate Professional Formation and Development into Online Classrooms, Best Practices for Legal Education, co-authored with Neil Hamilton, (April 20, 2020)

From Zero to Zoom: Lessons from the Forced Experiment of Online Learning in Legal Education with Gallup, Panelist, June 2021 

Online Bar Support, blog series, AccessLex XBlog (Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5, May 2020)

ABA Journal: Advice re: Online Bar Exams,  “With some states moving to online bar exams, four (4) academic support educators have teamed up with the ABA Journal to share top-notch tips for expertly preparing for success on online bar exams.  Here’s the link to read the expert suggestions from Prof. Goldie Pritchard (Michigan State), ABA author Sara Berman (AccessLex Institute), Prof. Courtney Lee (University of the Pacific – McGeorge), and Prof. Joe Regalia (UNLV): https://www.abajournal.com/academic-support-experts-offer-advice/. “

The Future is Here: Legal Education in a Hybrid World, plenary session at Online & Hybrid Learning Pedagogy: Toward Defining Best Practices in Legal Education moderated by Sara Berman (Saturday, September 28, 2019). View Video of this Presentation 

“The question is no longer not whether but how well we will teach and learn law online. The time is now,” said Sara J. Berman, an early adopter of distance learning, during the 2019 Online & Hybrid Learning Pedagogy: Toward Defining Best Practices in Legal Education Denver conference. The 2020 worldwide Corona virus pandemic caused an overnight migration of teaching and learning to the online environment. What in 2019 was still a fascinating pedagogical choice (to flip or not to flip, that was the question), became an overnight necessity in 2020.

This is not the way any of us would have chosen to be embrace new frontiers, but one way of coping with any crisis is to view it as an opportunity.  The great educational challenge/opportunity of our day is to move from the emergency remote teaching we were forced to adopt into a new era of thoughtful, well-designed, and sound practices that make up cutting edge online teaching and learning.  The time is now to study the way we educate and license lawyers and provide legal services. There has never been a moment more ripe for change. 

Professor Berman was quoted in the California Bar Journal in December 2008 describing elements of the online JD program: “The curriculum includes live classes, assigned reading, video lectures, essays and tests in 11-day modules. “Other than eye contact and body language, the discussion is, in many ways, quite similar to that of a traditional law school classroom.”     

Great Teaching is Great Teaching -in any delivery mode 

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