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The Legal Judgment: A Novel Twist on the Classic Law School Problem Question

Goold, P. ORCID: 0000-0003-1097-8291 (2021). The Legal Judgment: A Novel Twist on the Classic Law School Problem Question (City Law School Research Paper 2021/11). London, UK: City Law School, City, University of London.


In recent years, educators have sought to diversify the types of assessment used in the legal curriculum. This article introduces a novel form of assessment: the legal judgment. Much like a classic ‘problem question’, a ‘legal judgment’ presents students with a factual scenario to analyse. However, rather than ask students to provide legal advice, the legal judgment asks students to decide the case by issuing a written judgment. This article showcases this form of assessment while exploring its advantages and challenges. The article argues that this novel twist on the classic law school problem question helps students to develop higher-order legal reasoning abilities, is more intellectually inspiring than the classic problem question, and encourages students to truly ‘think like lawyers’.

Publication Type: Monograph (Working Paper)
Additional Information: Copyright 2021, the authors.
Publisher Keywords: Assessment, Learning Outcomes, Legal Judgment
Subjects: K Law
L Education > LB Theory and practice of education > LB2300 Higher Education
Departments: The City Law School > Academic Programmes
The City Law School > CLS Working Paper Series
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