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Why Law Students Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Socratic Method

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  • Why Law Students Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Socratic Method

    If I were to survey law students about their biggest fears, the Socratic Method would certainly rank among the top three.

    Often referred to as "cold calling,"? the Socratic Method ordinarily involves a law professor randomly, and without prior notice, calling on a student to answer a series of seemingly endless questions.

    The questions run the gamut from the facts of the assigned case to far-fetched hypotheticals that the student had no occasion to read or consider before class.

    The Socratic Method even achieved Hollywood fame in classics such as the Paper Chase, where Professor Kingsfield reigns terror on first-year Harvard law students, and more recently, Legally Blonde, where Elle Woods is subjected to a scathing Socratic questioning on civil procedure on her first day of class.

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    Re: Why Law Students Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Socratic Method

    The method seems to be really very effective.
    Seigman, Starritt-Burnett & Sinkfield, PLLC

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      Re: Why Law Students Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Socratic Method

      It would be good if there is some variation in the teaching style however.
      Not pure Socratic method.

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        Re: Why Law Students Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Socratic Method

        Easier said than done to enjoy that Socratic method!

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          Re: Why Law Students Should Stop Worrying and Learn to Love the Socratic Method

          I think it is about time to add a few new methods to the teaching of law.
          Times have changed and the Socratic method should be just one tool in my opinion.
          Perhaps still the major tool at the leading law schools but still one of a few methods. Try some new methods too!

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