This Article, prepared for the Saint Louis University Law Review’s 2013 Symposium on Teaching Employment & Labor Law, explores the use of the problem method in employment law instruction. Drawing on my experience teaching the basic employment law course, I suggest that those areas of the field that require transactional lawyering skills are perhaps best taught contextually through a hypothetical problem, rather than through cases. Adopting the problem method in such circumstances not only gives students a richer understanding of the law and how it operates, but also the opportunity to cultivate problem-solving skills and professional judgment, thereby advancing the goal of graduating more “practice-ready” lawyers.
Rachel Arnow-Richman, Employment Law Inside Out: Using the Problem Method to Teach Workplace Law, 58 St. Louis U. L.J. 29 (2013)