Journal of Legal Education, Vol. 61, p. 110, 2011
54 Pages Posted: 23 Feb 2010 Last revised: 25 Sep 2011
Date Written: February 23, 2010
Christopher Columbus Langdell
Used cases to teach the law well.
So everyone thought,
Except for distraught
Students in Socratic hell.
Theirs is no lone cri de coeur.
Now bashing Langdell’s de rigueur.
Knowing case law alone,
A young lawyer is prone
To resemble a high-priced poseur.
After a part that rehearses
The Author proceeds
To attend to the needs
Of students who learn best through verses.
Keywords: Limericks, Socratic Method, Case Method, Legal Pedagogy, Contracts, Same-sex marriage, Gill, Proposition 8, Taxes, Marriage, Federalism, Massachusetts, Health & Human Services, Florida, Adoption, Family Law, Civil Liberties, Civil Rights, Smelt, Lofton, Cox, Varum, Brien
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