There are many ways to teach any law course successfully, including Evidence. It can be approached from a very theoretical perspective or a very practical one. Some professors still use the tried and true case method, while others have moved more toward a problem-oriented approach. Others use movie clips to illustrate important points. A minority of professors have even adopted a NITA approach, essentially teaching Evidence through Trial Practice. This Essay does not advocate any particular method for teaching Evidence. It does take the position, however, that if an Evidence professor has some practical experience, he or she would be well advised to make use of that experience in the classroom. Done well-following the guidelines set out above-the use of war stories permits the integration of theory with practice that, in my experience, creates an excellent opportunity for enthusiastic classroom learning.
Michael L. Seigel, Effective Use of War Stories in Teaching Evidence, 50 St. Louis U. L. J. 1191 (2006) available at http://scholarship.law.ufl.edu/facultypub/71