Wednesday, April 24, 2013
ABA Journal Question of the Week: Is the Socratic method and lecture-based classes the best way to teach law students?
The ABA Journal question of the week is Is the Socratic method and lecture-based classes the best way to teach law students? The article invites debate in the comments.
The answer according to Shailini Jandial George is that " law students would benefit from the use of more visual aids, visual exercises, and assessments of their work during class time." (here) I agree, as long as the visual aids focus the students on what is to be learned, not the visual aids.
This is the best response so far:
"Teaching law students exclusively with the Socratic method is like teaching doctors to only practice medicine on the dead. The practice is so much more than just 'thinking on your feet' and law firm busy work. I’m surprised more students haven’t staged a revolt. Their time in law school consists of nothing more than weekly lectures and an exam with no feedback yet they still have to take a bar prep course and don’t know how to prepare jury charges." RutgersLawGrad