case system
n.
A method of teaching law by having law students read and analyze cases.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.


case system
The method of studying law used in most American law schools, in which students read and outline (brief) appellate opinions (cases), then hear lectures about them and discuss them. Each case stands for a particular rule of law and is printed in "casebooks" on particular topics (such as contracts, torts, criminal law, and constitutional law). The case system is reinforced by textbooks and outlines on the subject matter, which were formerly the principal sources of learning. The method was introduced at Harvard in 1869 by professor Christopher C. Langdell and soon became standard.
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Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

case system
n.
   the method of studying law generally used in American law schools, in which the students read, outline (brief), discuss and hear lectures about the cases. Each case presented stands for a particular rule of law in the subject matter covered and is contained in "casebooks" on particular topics (contracts, torts, criminal law, constitutional law, agency, etc.). The system is useful since it relates the law to real and factual situations which assist students in memorization and encourages deductive reasoning. The case system is reinforced by textbooks and outlines on the subject matter, which were formerly the principal sources of learning. The method was introduced first at Harvard in 1869 by professor Christopher C. Langdell and soon became standard.

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Case system — (Law) The system of teaching law in which the instruction is primarily a historical and inductive study of leading or selected cases, with or without the use of textbooks for reference and collateral reading. [Webster 1913 Suppl.] || …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • case system — ☆ case system n. a method of legal training by which students analyze and discuss selected cases and decisions rather than systematically study textbooks on law …   English World dictionary

  • case system — case′ sys tem n. law a method of teaching law that focuses on analysis and discussion of selected cases rather than on textbook instruction …   From formal English to slang

  • case system — noun Date: circa 1889 a system of teaching law in which instruction is chiefly on the basis of leading or selected cases as primary authorities instead of from textbooks called also case method …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • case system — noun Etymology: case (I) : a system of teaching law in which the instruction is chiefly on the basis of leading or selected cases as primary authorities instead of from textbooks …   Useful english dictionary

  • case system — a method of teaching or studying law that focuses on analysis and discussion of cases. [1885 90] * * * …   Universalium

  • case system — a method of teaching based on the logical analysis of, and deductions formed from, reported cases of disease …   Medical dictionary

  • case system — A method of teaching or studying the science of the law by a study of the cases historically, or by the inductive method. It was introduced in the Law School of Harvard University in 1869 70 by Christopher C. Langdell, Dane Professor of Law. See… …   Black's law dictionary

  • case system — A method of teaching or studying the science of the law by a study of the cases historically, or by the inductive method. It was introduced in the Law School of Harvard University in 1869 70 by Christopher C. Langdell, Dane Professor of Law. See… …   Black's law dictionary

  • case system — The method of the study of law, now prevailing in the United States, by the analysis of actual cases in court and the opinions rendered therein by the justices …   Ballentine's law dictionary

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