UT Prof Uses Theater to Teach Law Students

Associate professor Joy Radice is using a new, interactive approach to teach criminal law at the University of Tennessee College of Law. Radice recruited actors from UT’s Department of Theatre to make a fictitious criminal case come to life for her first-year students. College of Law Dean Douglas Blaze said he expects Radice's experiment will prompt other law instructors to try innovative teaching techniques, including using actors in the classroom. "Our goal is to connect theory with practice, to help our students understand how the law actually works. Professor Radice's innovative use of experiential learning methods in the first year does just that," Blaze said. "She has helped lead a discussion at the law school about how we might expand those methods across the first-year curriculum."