Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum was recently published by Carolina Academic Press and it contains a chapter written by Maine Law Professor Jeff Thaler. The textbook’s nineteen chapters focus on various ideas for incorporating experiential learning into a law school curriculum. Professor Thaler authored chapter twelve on “Experiential Educating in the Classroom: An Administrative Law Practicum Meeting Student Bar Needs.” The book was edited by Associate Professor Emily Grant (Washburn University Law School), Associate Dean Sandra Simpson (Gonzaga University School of Law), and Professor Kelly Terry (UALR William H. Bowen School of Law).
Experiential Education in the Law School Curriculum is organized into four sections:
- Section I: Provides the foundation for making curricular changes, with chapters providing guidance on building both institutional and student support for experiential education.
- Section II: Explores the spectrum of experiential education, starting with chapters that explain experiential modules and classroom exercises that can be included in first-year and upper-level courses before moving to chapters that describe and explain immersive learning experiences, culminating in chapters focusing on complete curriculum reform. (Professor Thaler’s chapter is in this section.)
- Section III: Describes programs that offer experiential learning opportunities outside of the regular curriculum.
- Section IV: Concludes the book, offering online resources for experiential education and guidance on how to provide experiential education in an online format.
Jeff Thaler is the Visiting Associate Professor of Law at the University of Maine School of Law. He strives to incorporate experiential learning opportunities for his students in all of his courses. He has taught courses on Renewable Energy Law, Energy Economics and Law, Legislative and Administrative Law, Toxic Torts, and Climate Change Law and Policy. His new Administrative Law Practicum has received national attention, and is the focus of his book chapter.