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Back to the Future in Law Schools

14 Pages Posted: 13 Mar 2011  

William L. Reynolds II

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This paper first argues for the maintenance of the traditional first-year curriculum. It does so in the context of an examination of what most lawyers do in practice and, therefore, what most lawyers should know. This portion includes a defense of the Socratic Method. The paper then addresses contemporary concerns about legal education, including the devaluation of courses in the private law curriculum, and considers why legal academics are not interested in private law.

Keywords: legal education reform, law curriculum

Suggested Citation

Reynolds, William L., Back to the Future in Law Schools (2011). Maryland Law Review, Vol. 70, No. 2, p. 101, 2011; U of Maryland Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2011-7. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1754453

William L. Reynolds II (Contact Author)

University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law ( email )

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Baltimore, MD 21201-1786
United States

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