In the tra­di­tional law school class­room — the kind you saw on The Paper Chase, the kind you read about in One L — pro­fes­sors instruct solely by relent­lessly asking intim­i­dating ques­tions. It’s a coun­ter­in­tu­itive approach. And yet almost without fail, the pro­fes­sors’ highly directed ques­tions elicit from the stu­dents them­selves the essen­tial prin­ci­ples behind rul­ings, cases and entire areas of law. The stu­dents, having dis­cov­ered those prin­ci­ples seem­ingly on their own, absorb them all the better for it. But in truth, it is the ques­tions that got them there.

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