Teaching first-year law students to think like (good) lawyers

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Abstract

[Extract] In the 1973 film The Paper Chase, Harvard law professor Charles W Kingsfield Jr (played by John Houseman) tells his students: "you teach yourselves the law. I train your minds. You come in there with a skull of mush, and if you survive, you'll leave thinking like a lawyer." Learning how to think like a lawyer has since become one of the more frequently identified objectives of legal education, particularly in the United States but also here in Australia.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe first-year law experience: A new beginning
EditorsLeon Wolff, Maria Nicolae
Place of PublicationUltimo, NSW
PublisherHalstead Press
Pages32-45
ISBN (Print)9781925043105
Publication statusPublished - 2014

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James, N. (2014). Teaching first-year law students to think like (good) lawyers. In L. Wolff, & M. Nicolae (Eds.), The first-year law experience: A new beginning (pp. 32-45). Ultimo, NSW: Halstead Press.
James, Nickolas. / Teaching first-year law students to think like (good) lawyers. The first-year law experience: A new beginning. editor / Leon Wolff ; Maria Nicolae. Ultimo, NSW : Halstead Press, 2014. pp. 32-45
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