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

Postby lawschoolcode » Thu Sep 03, 2015 1:31 pm

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.

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

Postby seespotrun » Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:32 pm

lawschoolcode wrote: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.

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