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The Legal Duty Rule And Learning About Rules: A Case Study, Joel K. Goldstein Jan 2000

The Legal Duty Rule And Learning About Rules: A Case Study, Joel K. Goldstein

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Early in their law school careers, most students find that the notions they brought with them about law clash with the ideas encountered there. As a traditional first semester course, Contracts is one arena in which students experience most acutely that tension between expectation and reality.

Most new law students probably expect law school professors to spend more time teaching basic legal rules.[1] They anticipate the education in black letter law that is the distinctive trait of bar review courses. They are, therefore, surprised by their professors’ suggestion, whether explicit or implicit, that being a good lawyer is not a …