Charles J. Senger

Charles J. Senger


B.A. Immaculate Conception College 1968
J.D., summa cum laude, University of Detroit 1973
M.A. Michigan State University 1982
Ph.D. Michigan State University 1989

Prior to joining Cooley, Professor Senger clerked for several judges, including the Chief Judge of the Michigan Court of Appeals, and was an associate at a major Detroit law firm. While at Cooley, Professor Senger conducted research studies on admisssions, teaching and grading. His doctoral dissertation focused on when certain thinking skills are learned in law school. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the American Psychological Association, the American Educational Research Association, and the National Association of Flight Instructors.

Professor Senger was a managing editor of the Journal of Urban Law at the University of Detroit Law School. While serving in the Army, he clerked for military judges at Fort Knox, Ky., and began an association with flying that led to becoming a certified flight instructor.

Professor Senger complements his classroom experience with cross disciplinary research, initially as part of a master's program in measurement and evaluation. Later, Professor Senger completed a doctoral program in educational psychology. His focus has been law student learning at the Thomas M. Cooley Law School. Professor Senger concentrates his current research on the teaching and learning of expertise in legal problem solving, especially approaches using reasoning by analogy.

Professor Senger has taught a wide range of courses and now teaches Property and an elective, Law and Spirituality.



Senger, Charles J., “Bar Examinations’ Security:┬áLessons for Law School Testing,” 26 T M COOLEY L REV 143 (2009).

Senger, Charles J., "Spirituality in Law School," 81 MICHIGAN BAR JOURNAL 44 (2002).

Senger, Charles J., "Pyro Techniques: A Time to Burn Some of the Bramble Bushes?," 45 CLEVELAND STATE L REV 49 (1997).

Senger, Charles J., "Thinking Around Protocols: A Diagnostic Tool For Teaching Legal Problem Solving,"
10 T M COOLEY L REV 367 (1993).

Senger, Charles J., "TORTS--An Extension of Strict Liability (Galbraith v. Engineering Construction Corp., ___ Ind. App. ___, 273 N.E.2d 121, 1971)", 49 J URB L 819 (1972).

Other Writings

Senger, Charles J. LEARNING LEGAL REASONING IN LAW SCHOOL: THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN FIRST AND THIRD YEAR STUDENTS (Ph. D. Dissertation, Michigan State University) Ann Arbor: University Microfilms, No. 89-12890 (1989)., 49 J URB L 819 (1972).


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Specialties: Educational Psychology, Legal Problem Solving

Courses: Property, Law and Spirituality

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