The Anatomy of a Torts Class

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James Boyle

Duke University School of Law

Date Written: June 1, 1985


It is the afternoon before my final torts class. I am sitting in the computer room trying to get the adrenaline ready and pretending to myself that I am not nervous. This is the first time I have ever taught torts and even though the semester is almost over I can still feel the mixture of longing and dread that goes with a first time preparation. I have thought about this class all semester. I have worried obsessively, celebrated when things went right, wept when they went wrong, prepared new materials, tried to apply the things I know about legal theory, borrowed ideas from my friends, psychoanalyzed the class and myself. But during this period, starting eight months ago when I first learned I was to teach the course, one thing has been nagging at me-nobody writes about teaching.

Suggested Citation

Boyle, James, The Anatomy of a Torts Class (June 1, 1985). American University Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 5, 1985, Available at SSRN: or

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