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School of Law

Professor Sophie Sparrow Co-Authors Book On Teaching

Professor Sophie Sparrow is co-author of Techniques for Teaching Law 2, newly published by Carolina Academic Press.

The book, described as “designed for law teachers who want to improve their teaching and students' learning” by Carolina Academic Press, offers general teaching principles and dozens of concrete ideas.

Techniques for Teaching Law 2 is a follow up to Techniques for Teaching Law (1999) . Techniques 2 is divided into 13 topics, including Teaching with Technology, Classroom Dynamics, Questioning Techniques, Experiential Learning, and Assessment. Each chapter starts with an overview of the topic, and then includes concrete suggestions from the authors and many other law school teachers about using different techniques.

Sparrow has focused her career on teaching and learning. Also the co-author of Teaching Law by Design: Engaging Students from Syllabus to Final Exam (2009) and Teaching Law by Design for Adjuncts, she built the school’s legal writing curriculum and has conducted more than 70 workshops and presentations on teaching, professionalism, writing and assessment to professors, judges and lawyers.

“Professor Sparrow is an excellent proponent of the practical legal education for which UNH Law has long been noted,” said Dean John Broderick. “Congratulations to her on the publication of this latest book, and for sharing her acclaimed teaching expertise with the rest of the legal academy.”

Sparrow co-wrote the book with Professors Michael Hunter Schwartz, Gerald F. Hess and Steven I. Friedland. A number of the book’s contributors have UNH Law ties, including Professor Christopher Johnson, the head of the school’s Appellate Defender Program, whose essay “Why I Teach” is featured in the book. Contributors Angela Mae Kupenda and Jon Garon have also taught at UNH Law.