Reading, Writing, and Questions in Advance: Teaching English Legal History

53 American Journal of Legal History 466 (2013)

USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 13-9

5 Pages Posted: 3 May 2013 Last revised: 17 Dec 2014

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Daniel M. Klerman

University of Southern California Gould School of Law

Date Written: May 2, 2013

Abstract

This short essay describes and explains a teaching method with four key elements: (1) telling students in advance the questions to be discussed in the next class, (2) requiring some students to submit written answers to the questions before class, (3) assigning only short, primary source readings, (4) banning laptops, recording classes, and distributing PowerPoint slides. This method enhances the quality of class discussion and helps students appreciate the importance of careful reading of primary sources. With minor modifications, this method can also be used for modern law classes.

Suggested Citation

Klerman, Daniel M., Reading, Writing, and Questions in Advance: Teaching English Legal History (May 2, 2013). 53 American Journal of Legal History 466 (2013); USC Law Legal Studies Paper No. 13-9. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2259897

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