The Case Method of Teaching Law


  • R O McGechan



This article discusses the case method teaching to be applied at the law school at Victoria University College (now Victoria University of Wellington). The case method involves the student finding the law for themselves from the sources, whereas the lecture method involves the student learning the law directly from the lecturer. In the first half of the paper, Professor McGechan argues that the case method is the most effective method of training lawyers, as well as a form of university education. The author argues that the case method is an active process which encourages active student development by promoting critical thinking. In the second half of the paper, the author outlines how the case method is to be applied at Victoria University College. The author ultimately concludes that the case method is a solid method of both university and professional training.


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McGechan, R. O. (1999). The Case Method of Teaching Law. Victoria University of Wellington Law Review, 30(2), 405–412.