Assessment - Are Grade Descriptors the Way Forward?

Murray, Victoria and Nelson, Tamsin (2009) Assessment - Are Grade Descriptors the Way Forward? International Jounal of Clinical Legal Education, July. pp. 48-59. ISSN 1467-1069

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Abstract

The debate on how best to assess clinic, or indeed if it should be assessed at all has raged for decades and shows no sign of abating. The passage of time has been unable to resolve the question of assessment, no doubt due in part to the expansion and diversification of clinical legal
education. The scope of clinic and its role in both society and as a teaching method is constantly evolving and assessment methods must develop to reflect the ever changing clinical profile. In an attempt to bring its assessment regime up to date, in 2007/2008 Northumbria University’s Student Law Office modified its assessment regime, replacing outmoded criteria with grade descriptors. This paper focuses on the use of grade descriptors and criterion referenced assessment in clinical legal education, addressing whether clinic should be assessed and which of the two methods is best suited to clinical legal education. The article draws on the experiences of clinicians and students to determine what issues this change in assessment regime has raised for the assessors and the student body. It concludes that it is appropriate to assess clinic by fully grading and suggests grade descriptors are the way forward.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: M900 Other in Law
Department: Faculties > Business and Law > Northumbria Law School
Depositing User: Victoria Murray
Date Deposited: 17 May 2012 14:13
Last Modified: 08 May 2017 15:09
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/7225

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