John Houseman totally deserved the Oscar for his performance as Professor Kingsfield in that movie.
You can be Socratic without being bullying or abusive.
I do think the Socratic method has value, at least in the first year of law school, where it is important for students to become familiar with how the common law legal system works.
Kingsfield was right - law students need to be taught to think like a lawyer and no amount of lecturing is going to teach that.
Thinker, how could you possibly have forgotten this gem of a series? Chief Justice Rockford!!
Waldensian, I had an economics professor in college teach using the Socratic method, as well as an engineering professor (granted, it was a Course on Product Liability) and another econ professor who taught Economics and the Law using Socratic method. It is an exceedingly useful method of instruction. Med schools ALL use Socratic method in the training of interns or med students by residents . . . it is "pimping" for some reasons.
I wonder what kind of privileged existence a person lives such that he vomits under questioning from a professor.