Every chapter in this innovative casebook places students in roles as practitioners handling simulated law practice problems; provides context in the form of an overview of the law, similar to that which an attorney would read before reading cases in a new subject area; includes questions designed to encourage students to find the applicable statutes and cases on point in the state where the student is planning to practice law; includes exercises, visual aids, and case reading scaffolds, designed to engage students with a wide range of learning styles; and ends with professionalism questions addressing ethical and professional identity questions suggested by the materials in the chapter.
Contracts also includes a rolling graphic organizer that unfolds as students work through the text, as well as exercises designed to build students self-directed learning strategies.
The comprehensive Teacher’s Manual includes PowerPoint slides keyed to the text and dozens of multiple choice and essay questions (with answers and explanations) and is printed with a CD included.
This book is part of the Context and Practice Series, edited by Michael Hunter Schwartz, Professor of Law & Associate Dean for Faculty and Academic Development, Washburn University School of Law.
In April 2012, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System recognized Professor Schwartz as an Educating Tomorrow's Lawyers fellow and his course as one that advances reform in legal education.
“The contextual approach keeps students engaged and excited. The book balances traditional cases with wonderfully designed problems and exercises that get students to think (and often act) like lawyers.” — Stephen Friedman, Associate Professor of Law, Widener University School of Law
“[This] is the first law school textbook I’ve seen where it is obvious that the authors really want to help students understand what they are supposed to be learning in the course. Right up front, the authors tell students the learning objectives of the course.… Students will find the book as intellectually challenging as any textbook they will encounter, but students who diligently work their way through the book should emerge with a solid understanding of contract law, and much more… I think it is a remarkably good textbook.” — Roy Stuckey, author of Best Practices for Legal Education (2007), in The Law Teacher“I had a chance to look at your Contracts casebook and I loved it! I will be using it next time I teach Contracts. Not only is it teaching/student oriented, I found it substantively to be very well thought out. KUDOS!” — Roberto Corrada, University of Denver College of Law
“I received this new casebook with great hope that it would be horrible so I wouldn't have to go through the ordeal of switching. Unfortunately, it is fantastic — everything I've been looking for. After having revolutionized how to most effectively teach law students, Schwartz has produced an amazing doctrinal resource that will change how Contracts is taught. I truly believe this casebook and the marvelous teaching materials that accompany it now set the standard by which new casebooks should be judged.” — Bruce Price, University of San Francisco School of Law
“[Contracts] is brilliant. The supplementary materials are plentiful (the CD and the TM). I really like the real world perspective with making it problem-based.” — Robin Boyle Laisure, St. Johns University School of Law
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