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3. Crafting learning objectives that articulate what legal educators
expect students to know and do
Armed with which subject areas and topics law students should know and
which thinking skills they should be able to utilize, the next steps in design-
ing a first year program of study are to determine course objectives, topic
objectives, and specific lesson objectives. Objectives at each level should
focus precisely on what students should know and what they should do,
with a preference for higher order thinking skills. Examples of objectives on
the topic of contract formation follow:
The student will derive the rule statements for offer from
Lonergan
v. Scolnick
,
17
Izadi v. Machado (Gus) Ford, Inc
.
,
18
and
Normile v.
Miller
.
19
The student will synthesize the offer rule statements from
Lonergan
,
Izadi
, and
Normile
.
Orally, the student will apply the offer rule structure to a hypothetical
fact pattern, demonstrating the ability to distinguish between mere
invitations to contract in advertisements and offers to contract.
In a written response, the student will apply the offer rule structure to
a written fact pattern, crafting argument and counter argument and
predicting a result.
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