Teaching LLCs by Design
65 Pages Posted: 29 Jun 2014 Last revised: 28 Aug 2014
Date Written: 2014
Experiential learning is intended to contextualize studying the law and equip students with lawyering skills required in practice. “Experiential education integrates theory and practice by combining academic inquiry with actual experience.” From a pedagogical perspective, LLC-based experiential exercises provide an efficient vehicle to teach the traditional doctrinal foundation of LLCs such as the unique attributes of the entity i.e., limited liability with pass-through taxation and flexible management structures), the default statutory rules that govern LLCs, and a host of transactional skills.
Teaching unincorporated business entities, particularly LLCs, presents a unique platform to design a course — or a course element — to provide students with opportunities to integrate doctrine and skills while developing students’ professional identities. This Article discusses how I use client-based problems to introduce students to the default rules of LLCs and other uncorporate entities and to develop skills such as problem solving, drafting, and negotiation, as well as to cultivate students’ ethical and professional identities.
Keywords: legal education, legal pedagogy, LLCs, teaching, experiential learning, unincorporated business associations, unincorporated entities, limited liability companies, pedagogy, teaching, education, law school
JEL Classification: K20, K29, K39, K00, Z00
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