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Casebooks, Commentaries, And Curmudgeons: An Introductory History Of Law In The Lecture Hall, Stephen M. Sheppard Jan 1997

Casebooks, Commentaries, And Curmudgeons: An Introductory History Of Law In The Lecture Hall, Stephen M. Sheppard

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While the methods of instructing American law students have changed over the course of two-hundred years, the primary purpose of American law schools has stayed the same: providing the necessary education for enabling students to effectively practice law. Additionally, legal education should achieve three goals: to provide students a way to learn, organize, and apply the law. Forms of legal education take various forms, each having advocates and opponents. Casebooks—often accompanied by the Socratic method—provide an effective way for students to learn the law through historical rules and decisions, while treatises add organization to a body of law ...