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Reflections on Teaching the First Day of Contracts Class

Michigan Academician, Vol. XLIV, pp. 337-346, 2017

10 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2017 Last revised: 4 Oct 2017

Norman Otto Stockmeyer

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School

Date Written: 2017

Abstract

A veteran of the law school classroom offers his thoughts on why Contracts is the most significant course in the first-year curriculum, why the study of contract law should begin with the subject of remedies, and why the “hairy hand” case of The Paper Chase fame makes an ideal starting point. The author also shares his first-day advice on how to succeed in law school. Along the way he explains why he prefers a problems-based casebook, opposes use of commercial briefs and outlines, and makes robust use of a course website.

Keywords: Contracts, Law School, Remedies

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Stockmeyer, Norman Otto, Reflections on Teaching the First Day of Contracts Class (2017). Michigan Academician, Vol. XLIV, pp. 337-346, 2017. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2927249 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2927249

Norman Stockmeyer (Contact Author)

Western Michigan University Cooley Law School ( email )

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