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October 08, 2009

Teaching the Case Studies

Posted by Gordon Smith

The AALS Standing Committee on Curriculum Issues has asked me to do a session on case studies as part of the program on "Teaching Beyond the Appellate Opinion." (See the Annual Meeting Program in pdf here.) This year and last, I have used the case studies as a basis for team homework assignments in my Business Associations course. (For more on why I use teams in the classroom, see here.) I run through a PowerPoint of the case study in class, then assign the students a transactionally oriented problem based on the case study. For example, this semester, my first homework assignment of the semester is based on the Red Hat case study, and I asked students to answer the questions at the end of the case study as a team. It is a very simple assignment to generate from my side, and it invites transactional thinking, which I want to encourage.

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