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
Date Written: August 17, 2017
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
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