Professor Nadia Sawicki publishes and speaks on health law-related issues including bioethics, the death penalty and lethal injections, informed consent as compelled professional speech, tort liability and end-of-life care.
What is your favorite thing about teaching law?
My favorite thing about teaching law is helping students identify their goals and develop the skills they need to achieve those goals, and then ultimately seeing those students thrive in their chosen careers. As an educator, there is nothing more gratifying than seeing alumni back at Loyola sharing their success stories with current students.
How do you feel about the opportunity to work with students in a blended learning model rather than a traditional law school program?
Blended learning frees up classroom time for experiences that may not be possible in more traditional learning environments. I look forward to using new technologies to shift some of the learning process online, so that in class students can focus on applying their substantive knowledge to complex problems, and practice skills like client interviewing, legal research, oral argument, and written analysis.
What about the Loyola community makes this a unique place to study law?
By far, the most extraordinary aspect of the Loyola experience is the incredibly supportive learning environment. From faculty to staff to administrators, our shared goal is to ensure that every Loyola student has the tools needed to succeed. If anything is interfering with a student’s capacity for learning effectively– whether medical issues, personal stress, or any other concerns–we do our absolute best to make sure the student is supported. In my experience, this level of dedication to student needs is rare in the world of legal education, but at Loyola it is a fundamental value.
What makes a part-time student successful in the program?
The qualities that make a successful law student are the same whether the student is full-time, part-time, on-ground, online, or in a blended program. Key characteristics include perseverance and persistence; effective time management and balance of work-life boundaries; the willingness to seek out feedback and constructive criticism; and enthusiasm about pursuing a legal career.
What will students find most interesting about your Torts course?
After the first week or two of Torts, many students tell me that the class has transformed the way they view the world. “Everywhere I look, I see torts!” Although this is a great indication of the fact that they’ve begun to think like lawyers, I take care to remind them that seeing everything as a potential legal violation isn’t necessarily a good thing. Instead, I encourage students to channel their newfound energy into our annual “Tortspotting” competition, where we post news stories about egregious torts and vote on the winner at the end of the semester. Last year’s winner, for example, was “Battery by Burrito in Assisted Living Home.”
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