Why We Love Elements of the Law

The first-year Law School course Elements of the Law is sometimes described as the class you take first but understand last. It is so memorable that alumni often discuss it when asked about the parts of their Law School experience that have resonated in the years since graduation. It is difficult, and beloved, and an integral part of the University of Chicago Law School experience.

But what is it, exactly, that make Elements so special?

We put Professor David Strauss, who has been teaching Elements since 1986, in a studio with a former student—Marsha Ferziger Nagorsky, '95, the Law School's Associate Dean for Communications—to discuss the course that has been a 1L fixture since 1937.