Drafting Legal Documents in a Doctrinal Class

"Drafting Legal Documents in a Doctrinal Class," in Experiential Eduction in the Law School Curriculum (Carolina Academic Press 2017).

9 Pages Posted: 22 Aug 2017

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SpearIt

University of Pittsburgh - School of Law

Date Written: August 17, 2017

Abstract

This chapter presents a method for incorporating practical skills training into a doctrinal course. A doctrinal course, known also as a “podium” or “casebook” course, is characterized by focus on court opinions, black letter law, and legal theory; assessments are typically based on multiple choice and essay style formats, and it is not uncommon to base the entire course grade on a final exam. This chapter demonstrates an efficient and manageable means of teaching students how to draft legal documents in a doctrinal course, which simultaneously adds variety to exam-heavy teaching formats and works to desegregate the law school curriculum.

Keywords: Experiential learning, experiential education, law teaching, legal pedagogy, skills training, ABA

Suggested Citation

SpearIt, Drafting Legal Documents in a Doctrinal Class (August 17, 2017). "Drafting Legal Documents in a Doctrinal Class," in Experiential Eduction in the Law School Curriculum (Carolina Academic Press 2017)., Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3021333

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