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April 23, 2010

Pro or Con- texts?

Over the past three years, I have taught over 20 classes, in six different subjects.  In that time, I did not use a single traditional textbook.  This wasn’t done out of some revulsion at cost or content; rather, I found that texts simply did not fit well into the practice-oriented classes I was teaching.  For example, I teach a class in Appeals and Habeas, and certainly there are books that cover each of those subjects.  However, I was combining Texas appellate procedure with federal and state habeas and focusing on how those systems operate, and never found a text that fit those needs.


I’m starting to see signs, though, that the textbook industry is adjusting to the reality of practice-oriented classes.  My classmate Sarah Ricks, now teaching at Rutgers-Camden, is one of those in the middle of that movement.  She has developed a text to be released later this year by Carolina Academic Press entitled Current Issues in Constitutional Litigation: Roles of the Courts, Attorneys, and Administrators.  Like my appeals and habeas class (and, overlapping with that class), Constitutional litigation is by its nature practice-oriented.  Prof. Ricks’ book accommodates that reality by incorporating non-case material including not only simulation exercises (a device that has been used often), but appellate briefs, oral arguments, and expert reports, to focus more sharply on the role of the practitioner.  Multimedia material includes the testimony of a prison guard accused of assault of a prisoner, and interviews with some prison rape victims. 


I would like to use a textbook—it is a pain in the neck to assemble new materials every time I start teaching a new class.  The work of people like Prof. Ricks gives me hope that in the future there may be a textbook that fits my class and style.

-- Mark Osler

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All texts and the majority of the law school curriculum read like a Mein Kampf for the plaintiff in torts and for the defendant in criminal law. All dissent from the rent seeking agenda of the criminal cult enterprise is met with bullying, ridicule, shunning and other cult methods of enforcing orthodoxy. We need to close the majority of these cult indoctrination camps. Defund them, revoke their tax privilege, and move on them with class actions.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 27, 2010 9:13:50 PM

Extreme, biased advocates are unfit to be professors. If the aim is to teach the law, such a person cannot teach both sides of a question. For example, the idea that Obama once taught a Con Law class is preposterous. Propaganda rather than scholarship will likely prevail most of the time. Conservative students are likely to meet with a super hostile environment. The overwhelming majority of law school professors are left wing extremists and unfit. A table summarizes the methods and compares them to those of education.


Law education of today best fits the indoctrination column. Indoctrination without warning nor consent is an intentional tort to be deterred. All law students who feel they have been subjected to cult indoctrination methods should file formal complaints, and shop class actions.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Apr 28, 2010 7:15:58 AM

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