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ERIC Number: EJ916822
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2010
Pages: 38
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0896-5811
Enhancing the Educational Value of Experiential Learning: The Business Court Project
Nees, Anne Tucker; Willey, Susan; Mansfield, Nancy R.
Journal of Legal Studies Education, v27 n2 p171-208 Sum-Fall 2010
A critical element of an introductory course in business law includes an understanding of the court process and dispute resolution. At Georgia State University (GSU), the authors have required undergraduate business students to make a "court visit" to witness this process in action and to broaden students' basic understanding of the role of law and its application in resolving actual disputes. As a result of their first-hand experiences observing a court proceeding, students become more interested in their legal studies course content and are better able to appreciate the law's impact on the parties. Recently, the authors have adapted the "court visit" project to use the resources available at the Business Court of Fulton County Superior Court in Atlanta, Georgia (the FCBC or Business Court). The authors begin this article with a short overview of the Legal and Ethical Environment of Business course taught at Georgia State; a discussion of the learning outcomes students are expected to achieve upon completion of the course; and a brief introduction to cognitive theories of learning, including experiential learning theory. In Part II, they explain the Business Court Observation Project as a form of experiential learning in practice and assess the educational value of the Business Court Project. In Part III of the article, they describe the Business Court and other specialized courts operating in the United States, identifying business courts in many states that could be observed by students assigned similar court observation projects. Finally, they provide the reader with a rich set of resources to facilitate replication of the project in other classes, including detailed instructions for the Business Court Project (Appendix A), a rubric for grading the Business Court report (Appendix B), and preliminary assessment data on the value of the project to student learning (Appendix C). (Contains 4 tables and 79 footnotes.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Georgia