Antitrust Courses Can Teach Valuable Practical Skills -- If Taught Well

CPI Antitrust Chronicle -- June 2015

6 Pages Posted: 16 Jun 2015

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Steven Cernak

Schiff Hardin LLP; Michigan Law School; Wayne State University Law School; WMU Cooley Law School

Date Written: June 15, 2015


Law schools are being pushed by accreditation bodies, law firms, and students themselves to offer additional practical alternatives for students, all in the search for experiential learning. Antitrust law, with arcane concepts like economist’s curves, Herfindahls, and two-sided markets, would not seem a good candidate for such learning. I believe, however, that antitrust law offers up several possible ways for professors to provide practical legal lessons useful to all future lawyers, even those who do not end up joining the antitrust community. In addition, antitrust courses can teach lessons about how the economy and businesses operate — and those lessons are valuable to the many students who have no real experience with either.

Suggested Citation

Cernak, Steven, Antitrust Courses Can Teach Valuable Practical Skills -- If Taught Well (June 15, 2015). CPI Antitrust Chronicle -- June 2015, Available at SSRN:

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