This short essay describes and explains a teaching method with four key elements: (1) telling students in advance the questions to be discussed in the next class, (2) requiring some students to submit written answers to the questions before class, (3) assigning only short, primary source readings, (4) banning laptops, recording classes, and distributing PowerPoint slides. This method enhances the quality of class discussion and helps students appreciate the importance of careful reading of primary sources. With minor modifications, this method can also be used for modern law classes.
Law | Legal Education | Legal History
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Daniel M. Klerman, "Reading, Writing, and Questions in Advance: Teaching English Legal History" (May 2013). University of Southern California Legal Studies Working Paper Series. Working Paper 97.