The Value of Talmud Study to Modern Legal Education

39 Pages Posted: 18 May 2011

Date Written: November 17, 2007


Centuries before the Socratic method was introduced into modern law schools, students of the Talmud were engaging in a very similar enterprise. After describing the basic process of Talmud study, and discussing the parallels between Talmudic analysis and modern legal education, the Article illustrates how a single question raised by the Talmud (dealing with an issue of unjust enrichment) can unfold into increasing layers of complexity, thereby challenging the student at higher and higher levels.

Suggested Citation

Pritikin, Martin H., The Value of Talmud Study to Modern Legal Education (November 17, 2007). Temple International & Comparative Law Journal, Vol. 21, No. 351, 2007, Available at SSRN:

Martin H. Pritikin (Contact Author)

Whittier Law School ( email )

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