Sunday, August 2, 2009

UCLA/BYU Law Schools to Hold Conference on Interviewing and Counseling

UCLA School of Law and Brigham Young University J. Reuben Clark Law School will be hosting a conference on the pedagogy of Interviewing and Counseling. The conference will take place on Friday, October 16 and Saturday, October 17 at the UCLA School of Law.

This conference will explore ways to increase the effectiveness of teaching interviewing and counseling. Interactive panels and small groups will consider specific methods by which law students can better retain what they learn in clinics, first and second year introductory skills courses and simulation courses when they enter practice.

Conference panels will explore what is meant by teaching for retention; how teaching for retention enhances reflective lawyering; how teaching methods such as simulation and repeat experiences anchor student training; and what can be learned from other professional schools such as medicine about the use of simulation and live clinic to train students. Other panels will examine how recent cognitive science and neuroscience findings inform our understanding of the processes of interviewing and counseling skill development, reflective learning and retention.

On the second day of the conference, the Center for Computer-Assisted Legal Instruction (CALI) will lead a panel on how the web might be used to create a digital social media space for interviewing and counseling instructors who would like to share materials and insights. Other second day panels will discuss common interviewing and counseling contexts typically not discussed in texts on interviewing and counseling.