Rubrics Use in Legal Education

August 2, 2017 Christy Terry

There is no doubt that the conventional system of having students complete assignments or exams and providing a score has its place in legal education. After all, grades are what give your students an idea of how well they may be doing. However, how helpful is a single score or letter grade when it comes to helping students understand why they’re performing the way they are?

Professors and students alike could benefit from an adjustment to the grading process. Take, for example, rubrics. With the addition of rubrics, legal educators can lay a clear path of expectation before students begin any task or assessment, allowing them insight into what they should be knowledgeable of.

The release of grading criteria via rubrics can also serve as a tool to help guide students’ study habits once scoring is complete. Given the crucial role feedback plays in a student’s academic success, it’s beneficial to provide it in as many areas as possible to increase opportunities for success. For example, releasing a mock trial rubric that has been created to measure your students’ cross-examination skills could easily help them improve their speaking skills, avoid phrasing questions in a leading manner, etc.

Law school and essays go hand in hand, and legal educators can benefit from using rubrics as a streamlined approach to grading them. Having key elements displayed in a rubric during the process keeps faculty from having to recall information after hours upon hours of reading lengthy arguments. Not only does it save time, but it also keeps grading consistent overall, which further helps establish student learning expectations.

The truth of the matter is that legal educators can never go wrong when implementing assessment processes that give students proper insight into areas that need improvement, and ExamSoft’s rubrics tool does just that. Interested in learning more about how your law school can benefit from applying rubrics to assignments and assessments? Allow us to give you a tour of the features. Schedule a demo.







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