Professor Lynn Foster

Lynn Foster is an Arkansas Bar Foundation professor at the William H. Bowen School of Law.

Foster uses a team-based learning method, a contrast to most law professors who utilize the Socratic method, a question-and-answer teaching method where the students learn through classroom discussion and observation, that does not count towards the class grade unless the student is unprepared.

Foster prefers to use the problem method, skills assignments, and team-based learning, in order to maximize comprehension.

In 2014 and 2015, Foster began revising the Property I and II courses to include team-based learning and assessment. To do this, Foster created class structures with clear expectations and manageable assessment tools. After assessing her curriculum revision, Foster discovered that students perform better when there is more team-based learning and assessment built into the course.

Foster also helps students get exposed to property law outside of the classroom. Ten years ago, Foster began the Arkansas Real Estate Review. This semi-annual publication for the Arkansas Bar Foundation summarizes Arkansas’ appellate real estate decisions with commentary by real estate attorneys. Property law students discuss the practice of real estate law with practicing attorneys and write abstracts for the spring issue.

She is the recipient of the Charles W. Goldner Teaching Award, two William H. Bowen School of Law Faculty Excellence awards for Public Service, the first Law School Outstanding Service award, and the Arkansas Bar Association Golden Gavel, Continuing Legal Education, and Presidential Excellence awards.

Foster received a Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University, and a Master of Science and Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Posted in: 2018, Teaching

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