Expanding Educational Objectives Through the Undergraduate Business Law Course

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Vol: 19, Issue: 4

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Paschall, Samuel S.
business law; legal education; Law; Legal Education
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The business law course has the potential to be a rich, valuable educational experience for the college student. But to be so, the course must transcend the mere conveyance of legal information in a format where the instructor's view of the law is set forth in an organized, comprehensive and rote fashion. The law is more than a set of rules to be memorized. A professor should strive to develop students' cognitive skills and present the law as a subject demanding reflection and involving societal values and intellectual practices.' The best means to promote such objectives is to provide a classroom environment where the professor and students engage in a dialogue about assigned cases and hypothetical problems. The professor then requires students to arrive at a solution and to formulate for themselves the legal principles and rationales behind each decision.