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August 30, 2013

Herbst Foundation Professor of Law Julie Nice is one of a select set of law professors nationwide profiled in What the Best Law Teachers Do, published this month by Harvard University Press.

The book, authored by Michael Hunter Schwartz, Gerald F. Hess, and Sophie M. Sparrow, is based on a national qualitative study of 26 law professors nominated as “the best” by their peers and students. It identifies the methods, strategies, and personal traits of professors whose students achieve exceptional learning. 

Schwartz explained that students at the University of Denver repeatedly referred him to Nice and her teaching style. “If that had happened once, it would have been no big deal, but it happened over and over and over again. When my co-authors and I looked further into the materials she sent us, it became clear that the Denver students were right—she is extraordinary.”

Nice said it is an honor to be included in the book because she cares deeply about teaching effectively. 

“There's magic in learning. I've seen it transform lives,” she said. “Whether on the micro level in each classroom or on the macro level of legal education, my goal is simply to keep raising the bar. No environment could be more supportive for pursuing excellence than at the USF School of Law, with one of the most dedicated and talented law teaching faculties in the nation.” 

Nice will join a dozen other featured teachers at the What the Best Law Teachers Do Conference to be held at Northwestern University School of Law on June 25-27, 2014, sponsored jointly by Northwestern and the Institute for Law Teaching and Learning. The workshops are intended to engage law professors with the principles of teaching effectiveness identified in the study.