Langdell, Christopher

Langdell, Christopher (Columbus)

(1826–1906) legal scholar; born in New Boston, N.H. He is best known for pioneering the case study method of teaching law and for his trend-setting book, Casebook on Contracts (1871). He practiced law in New York City before joining the faculty at Harvard (1870). As dean of Harvard Law School (1875–95) he raised the school's standards by broadening the curriculum and imposing more rigid scholastic requirements.