“Inside The Law School Scam”

Andrew Sullivan —  Aug 12 2011 @ 8:20am

That's the name of a new blog by an anonymous law professor. It's pretty unsparing:

Most law faculty have had literally no classroom teaching experience before they become "law professors," that they get no training or real guidance in regard to what they're doing in the classroom at any point in their careers, and that many of the traditional methods of law school teaching, in particular cold-calling students in order to require them to participate in a pseudo-Socratic dialogue, are simply idiotic (if research into education methods has established anything, it has proven that fear is a powerful impediment to learning). All these things combine to make the typical law school classroom experience a fantastically inefficient misuse of social resources.

Via Orin Kerr, who thinks the author overstates his case.