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Using the Client-File Method to Teach Transactional Law

Bradley T. Borden

Brooklyn Law School

September 27, 2013

Chapman Law Review, Vol. 16, 2013
Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 324

This Article presents a teaching method (the client-file method) for transactional law courses that combines the business school case-study method with the law school case method. The client-file method of teaching requires students to become familiar with real-word legal issues and the types of documents and information that accompany matters that transactional clients bring to attorneys (i.e., the contents of a client file). The method also requires students to learn and apply substantive law to solve problems that arise in a transactional law practice. Because the client-file method places students in a practice setting, it helps them become more practice-ready law graduates. Although the client-file exists in various forms in many parts of the legal curriculum, this Article describes its specific application to transactional business law courses with accompanying diagrams and a description of the learning cycle it facilitates. The method provides the promises making experiential learning accessible to a greater number of law students.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 18

Keywords: Christopher Columbus Langdell, case-study method, client-file method, Socratic method, legal education, legal education reform, experiential learning

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Date posted: February 14, 2013 ; Last revised: November 26, 2014

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Borden, Bradley T., Using the Client-File Method to Teach Transactional Law (September 27, 2013). Chapman Law Review, Vol. 16, 2013; Brooklyn Law School, Legal Studies Paper No. 324. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2217829

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250 Joralemon Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201
United States

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