Cross-Curricular Model: An Innovative Pedagogical Tool

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A cross-curricular model is an innovative pedagogical tool that enables first-year law students to litigate a fictional case from start to finish in the order they would in law practice. This approach would address an ongoing criticism regarding graduates practical skills training. On the first day of classes, students receive a multi-issue fact pattern that includes issues from all first-year doctrinal courses, and over the course of three semesters litigate a hypothetical case from start to finish. The cross-curricular model is based on two principles: horizontal and vertical integration of doctrine and skills. Horizontal integration simply means that assignments in the cross-curricular hypothetical are sequenced chronologically to mirror

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