Summon Your Inner Kingsfield

The Scrivener, p. 6, Summer 2010

2 Pages Posted: 7 Sep 2010 Last revised: 15 Nov 2012

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Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Date Written: June 1, 2010


Much legal writing is flat and boring. Law students and lawyers need to punch up their writing by adopting a vigorous, forceful style. This brief article illustrates the point by contrasting Professor Kingsfield's dramatic explanation of the Socratic method in The Paper Chase with the Harvard Law School catalog's description of its signature pedagogy.

Keywords: Legal Writing, Socratic Method, Law School

Suggested Citation

Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, Summon Your Inner Kingsfield (June 1, 2010). The Scrivener, p. 6, Summer 2010, Available at SSRN:

Norman Otto Stockmeyer (Contact Author)

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )

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