Yesterday marked the start of the winter term for University Students. It also marked the start of the teaching term for some of my colleagues who offer their practical experience to law students by acting as Sessional Instructors. Many practicing lawyers give their time to this worthy activity.
At the University of Alberta Law School, there are 20 courses this term taught by sessional instructors – they are designated with a X in the course number if you are curious enough to follow the link. The University of Calgary Law School also has a long list of sessional instructors.
First, let me express my thanks to all those who devote time and energy to allow for new members of the legal profession. Second, a special thank you to those who offer their extra experience as faculty who also practice law. I see first hand the hard work and dedication that is required by practitioners who also teach.
I have a question for law student readers of Slaw, or others who would like to share. When you are building your law school schedule, what criteria do you use to pick your courses? Do you place higher weight on courses taught by practioners? Do you try and balance your course selections with pure academics and practitioners?