Student Legal Reasoning

                                                              MEMORANDUM


TO:                 Entering Class of 2006


FROM:           Professor Stefan H. Krieger


RE:                 Empirical Study


DATE:            August 18, 2003


            Welcome to Hofstra!


            With two faculty members from Columbia Medical School, I am conducting a short research study on the development of legal reasoning skills by law students throughout their law-school careers. I am seeking volunteers for subjects for this study.


            In this study, you will be given a short problem and asked certain questions about it. These responses will be tape-recorded. The entire session for each student will take no longer than 45 minutes.


            Be assured that your responses to this study will be kept in strict confidence, although generalized (anonymous) data may be submitted for publication to an appropriate professional journal or potential grant sponsor (as preliminary data) at a later date. You will NOT be graded on this problem. It will not affect the law school’s or any professor’s assessment of your abilities. All the tape recordings will be stored in a secure location with no identifying information.


            We want to conduct this study for entering students this Friday afternoon, August 22 from 2:00 to 6:00 p.m. If you are willing to participate, please schedule a time with my secretary Michelle TumSuden in Room 236.


            This study should help the law school improve your educational experience. We hope you will participate.


            Thank you.


                                                              MEMORANDUM


TO:                 All Full-Time 2L Students


FROM:           Professor Stefan H. Krieger


RE:                 Empirical Study


DATE:            January 21, 2004


            With two faculty members from Columbia Medical School, I am conducting a short research study on the development of legal reasoning skills by law students throughout their law-school careers. I am seeking volunteers for subjects for this study. For this stage of the study, we need subjects who have completed one-half of their law school careers (2L’s entering their spring semester).


            In this study, you will be given a short problem and asked certain questions about it. These responses will be tape-recorded. The entire session for each student will take no longer than 30 minutes. I will provide $15.00 compensation for each participant in the study.


            Be assured that your responses to this study will be kept in strict confidence, although generalized (anonymous) data may be submitted for publication to an appropriate professional journal or potential grant sponsor (as preliminary data) at a later date. You will NOT be graded on this problem. It will not affect the law school’s or any professor’s assessment of your abilities. All the tape recordings will be stored in a secure location with no identifying information.


            If you are willing to participate, please schedule a time with my secretary Michelle TumSuden in Room 236.


            This study should help the law school improve your educational experience. We hope you will participate.


            Thank you.


                                                              MEMORANDUM


TO:                 All 3L Students in Their Final Semester


FROM:           Professor Stefan H. Krieger


RE:                 Empirical Study


DATE:            March 30, 2004


            With two faculty members from Columbia Medical School, I am conducting a short research study on the development of legal reasoning skills by law students throughout their law-school careers. I am seeking volunteers for subjects for this study. For this stage of the study, we need subjects who are about to complete their law school careers (third year, last semester).


            In this study, you will be given a short problem and asked certain questions about it. These responses will be tape-recorded. The entire session for each student will take no longer than 30 minutes. I will provide $15.00 compensation for each participant in the study.


            Be assured that your responses to this study will be kept in strict confidence, although generalized (anonymous) data may be submitted for publication to an appropriate professional journal or potential grant sponsor (as preliminary data) at a later date. You will NOT be graded on this problem. It will not affect the law school’s or any professor’s assessment of your abilities. All the tape recordings will be stored in a secure location with no identifying information.


            If you are willing to participate, please schedule a time with my secretary Michelle TumSuden in Room 236.


            I hope you will participate.


            Thank you.