This article traces the development of the modern American law school curriculum including the case method, as designed by Christopher Columbus Langdell and the Socratic method as implemented by James Barr Ames; discusses early tensions between law schools and the American Bar Association and the ultimate triumph of law schools as the primary method of law study and frames the Langdell legacy for a modern time.
GW Paper Series
GWU Legal Studies Research Paper No. 2012-35, GWU Law School Public Law Research Paper No. 2012-35
32 Georgia Law Review 1 (1997)