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ERIC Number: EJ815928
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct-17
Pages: 1
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0009-5982
Due Processors: Educators Seek a Digital Upgrade for Teaching Law
Monaghan, Peter
Chronicle of Higher Education, v55 n8 pA10 Oct 2008
In 1871, Christopher Columbus Langdell, a prominent jurist who had joined the law faculty at Harvard University, hit on the idea of compiling thick, imposing "casebooks" with hundreds of appeals-court rulings on particular areas of law--contracts, constitutional law, torts, and others. Today, the hefty tomes and related works have become the foundations of legal teaching. They have also become hopelessly outmoded and block effective teaching and learning, according to participants in a workshop, held at the end of September at Seattle University School of Law, on "the Future of the Legal Course Book." After more than a century, law professors, publishers, and other attendees concluded, it is high time to update this creaky model. While law education has been to adopt modern technologies, the legal practice has embraced the digital age. The participants of the workshop agreed to form a loose consortium to prepare and promote electronic course materials.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Higher Education
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Language: English
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