In Teaching Legal History: Comparative Perspectives, published by Wildy, Simmonds & Hill, legal history professors throughout the United States explain their distinctive approaches to the course and its instruction. The book includes Prof. Doug Abrams’ essay, “Teaching Legal History In the Age of Practical Education,” which explores the relevance of historical study to law practice.
The publisher describes the book this way: “Sixty-four leading legal historians ruminate on their own approaches to teaching legal history in nearly a third of the American law schools: what they teach, why they teach as they do, how they structure their courses, and what they expect their students and themselves to take away from the study of legal history. . . . The contributions are full of inspiration, creative imagination and resourcefulness, self-criticism, insight, and a shared conviction of the importance of a knowledge of legal history for the . . . legal practitioner.”
Prof. Abrams’ essay originally appeared in October, 2013 in the American Journal of Legal History’s symposium on “Teaching Legal History in U.S. Law Schools.”