Method Lawyering: Immersion Teaching Illustrated

Forthcoming, Fall 2020 Journal of Legal Education

53 Pages Posted: 24 Mar 2020

Date Written: February 27, 2020


Immersive law teaching uses simulated client experiences to drive the learning of legal doctrine, while enriching comprehension and mastery by integrating of a range of lawyering competencies. In an effort to “show, don’t tell,” this Article provides an immersive introduction to immersive teaching though the lens of a family law course. A series of vignettes illustrate student work in the class. The vignettes become jumping off points for more specific discussion of the nuts and bolts of teaching and learning the law in the course, and for broader consideration of possibilities for immersive learning in legal education.

Keywords: pedagogy, family law, law teaching

Suggested Citation

Franklin, Kris, Method Lawyering: Immersion Teaching Illustrated (February 27, 2020). Forthcoming, Fall 2020 Journal of Legal Education, Available at SSRN:

Kris Franklin (Contact Author)

New York Law School ( email )

185 West Broadway
New York, NY 10013
United States

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