Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching: A Primer for New (and Not So New) Professors

108 Pages Posted: 27 Apr 2007 Last revised: 9 Dec 2012

Howard Katz

Elon University School of Law

Kevin Francis O'Neill

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law

Date Written: June 29, 2009

Abstract

Much has been written about law school teaching. In our view, the contributions of Kent Syverud, Susan Becker, and Douglas Whaley are especially valuable. Why, then, did we bother to write this article? Because most articles focus narrowly on specific teaching techniques or on particular law school courses. Only a few offer general advice to the new teacher. No article, to our knowledge, has ever furnished detailed and comprehensive advice on how to teach a law school course - from choosing a book and designing a syllabus to orchestrating the classroom experience to creating and grading the final exam. That is the aim of this article.

Keywords: teaching, law school teaching, teaching techniques, teaching strategies, classroom, casebook, syllabus, courtroom simulation

Suggested Citation

Katz, Howard and O'Neill, Kevin Francis, Strategies and Techniques of Law School Teaching: A Primer for New (and Not So New) Professors (June 29, 2009). This article is now available as a book from Aspen Publishers, Inc. (2009).. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=982234 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.982234

Howard Katz (Contact Author)

Elon University School of Law ( email )

Greensboro, NC

Kevin Francis O'Neill

Cleveland State University, Cleveland-Marshall College of Law ( email )

2121 Euclid Avenue, LB 138
Cleveland, OH 44115-2214
United States

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