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Editor: Gerry W. Beyer
Texas Tech Univ. School of Law

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Tuesday, April 1, 2014

My Article on Teaching Trusts and Estates

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If you would like to know more about my basic teaching philosophy and the general pedagogical techniques I employ to make Trusts and Estates topics both fun and relevant, please read my article, Who Said Learning Trusts and Estates Can’t Be Fun?, St. Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 58, p. 713, 2014.  Provided below is the abstract from SSRN:

From even before their first day of law school, Texas Tech University School of Law students have the opportunity to appreciate the importance of the estate planning area and to understand that it can be both an enjoyable and rewarding area of law in which to practice. During orientation, which takes place the week before classes start, new students participate in full-day programs centered on a particular area of practice either of their own choosing or assigned by the administration. For the 2013 entering class, I was in charge of two full-day Estate Planning Tracks with a total of approximately thirty-five entering students.

As their legal education continues, students have additional exposure, some mandatory and some optional, to estate planning topics. In my first year required Property course, I spend several days reviewing the basic principles of intestate succession and wills. Texas Tech then requires all students to complete a four-credit introductory course entitled Wills and Trusts as a condition of graduation during their second or third year. Students desiring a more sophisticated treatment may take courses such as Estate Planning, Texas Estate Administration, Guardianship, Estate and Gift Tax, Elder Law, and Marital Property. Students may also compete for a coveted position as an editor for the Estate Planning and Community Property Law Journal that Texas Tech publishes.

This Article reveals my basic teaching philosophy and the general pedagogical techniques I employ to make Trusts and Estates topics both fun and relevant. I will then share with you the specific tools I use when teaching the introductory course as well as the advanced courses such as Estate Planning and Texas Estate Administration. It is my hope that you may be able to gain insight from my approach to enhance your own teaching and the experience you provide to your students.

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Gerry, I am very interested in reading your article, and am very happy to have found this blog. Going to sit down later this evening to download, and then start to read it.

Posted by: wills and trust | Apr 2, 2014 6:11:21 AM

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