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Monday, May 09, 2005

The death of the contract casebook?

Matthew T. Bodie, a young and prolific (and I hope "hot" after this post!) labor law scholar at Hofstra has authored a very interesting article, The Future of the Casebook: An Argument for an Open-Source Approach.  It argues that the future of the casebook is very much in doubt and proposes some new ideas for professors who find that they are routinely supplementing their casebooks with material outside the main text.  I'll leave to others to comment upon the article, but I certainly think this article diagnoses an important problem.  When I was making my syllabus for my contracts course, it became apparent to me that no one casebook served my needs and that I would have to assign my students from many of the major casebooks. They will no doubt resent me for having to keep track of so many different sources.

As a first effort to "open source" in accordance with Bodie's ideas, I'll attach my proposed syllabus here (Download contracts_syllabus.doc)--and would be grateful for any comments as I finalize it over the summer.  I suppose I should acknowledge/admit that I draw heavily from the contracts course I took from Robert Gordon at Yale, but supplement it with much else besides (since the course at Yale was one term and the course at Hastings is a full year).

Posted by Ethan Leib on May 9, 2005 at 05:32 PM in Article Spotlight | Permalink


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