Shakespeare in the Classroom: How an Annual Student Production of King Lear Adds Dimension to Teaching Trusts and Estates

17 Pages Posted: 26 Mar 2014  

Karen E. Boxx

University of Washington School of Law

Date Written: March 24, 2014

Abstract

King Lear is the archetypal story of the tension an difficulties in parent-child and sibling relationships. In a Trusts and Estates class, it reinforces the message that those relationships are the starting point and bedrock of this body of law and the vast system of rules that has been developed to resolve these conflicts.

This Article first summarizes the plot of King Lear and then describes the process I use to get the play produced by student volunteers. It then sets forth some of the estate planning and lawyering lessons King Lear presents and describes some of the skills I think the play production helps develop. Finally, the Article discusses the less traditional benefits from holding an in-class performance of a play.

This Article is part of the St. Louis Law Journal's annual teaching issue, which is devoted to Trusts and Estates in 2014.

Keywords: legal education, drama, Shakespeare, estate planning, wills, active learning

Suggested Citation

Boxx, Karen E., Shakespeare in the Classroom: How an Annual Student Production of King Lear Adds Dimension to Teaching Trusts and Estates (March 24, 2014). St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 58, No. 3, pp. 751-65, 2014; University of Washington School of Law Research Paper 2014-07. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2414104

Karen E. Boxx (Contact Author)

University of Washington School of Law ( email )

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Seattle, WA 98105-3020
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