Introduction to Teaching Law is an interactive, online series of affordable legal textbooks used in law schools across the country. These textbooks provide interactive legal content, such as annotated samples, helpful links, and videos by students and practitioners, as well as helpful tools, such as practice tests, study aids, quizzes, and self-assessments to engage the students in and out of the classroom. The textbooks are provided online at an affordable price, and students and professors can access them on their computers, tablets, or mobile phones.  Professors can set up specific classes and monitor their students' progress. was created by Diana R. Donahoe, a professor at Georgetown University Law Center, and the textbooks are published by Georgetown University Law Library.

The textbooks are updated twice a year to address advances in the legal profession and to ensure that materials and research sources are current.  

Current Textbooks

The Road to Legal Practice

The Road to Legal Practice ($39.00)

by Diana R. Donahoe

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This three-part textbook is used nationally by legal research and writing professors, law librarians, and others to teach first-year LRW courses, upper-class research classes, advanced writing courses, and LLM courses. It is divided into three sections—Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Grammar & Citation—and contains study aid material, quizzes, self-assessments, annotated samples, video testimonials, and other interactive material to teach students legal research strategies and writing techniques. It is updated twice a year to address upgrades on the three major legal research platforms (Westlaw, LexisAdvance, & Bloomberg Law) and advances in the legal profession.

Gateway to U.S. Law Schools

Gateway to U.S. Law Schools ($32.00)

by Profs Eun Hee Han, Michael J. Cedrone, & Diana R. Donahoe

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This online textbook serves as an introduction to U.S. law school culture. It is designed to be used in courses for international students, orientation programs, or in introductory courses to help students become familiar with U.S. law schools. The materials are also designed for courses that fulfill the N.Y. Board of Law Examiner’s requirement that LL.M. students must take a two-credit course “on American legal studies, the American legal system, or a similar course designed to introduce students to U.S. law.” The first unit of the book provides an overall framework of the U.S. legal education system, addresses the conventions of the U.S. law school classroom, and provides resources for students seeking help while in law school. The second unit addresses expectations specific to writing courses, focusing on organizational and analytical techniques, the writing process, and information about first-year and upper-class writing courses and documents. The third unit provides casebook materials on first-year and bar exam subjects.

Investigating Corporate Corruption

Investigating Corporate Corruption ($20.00)

by Sue McMahon & Michael Cedrone

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This simulation involves an internal investigation by a French company, Santé, that has uncovered evidence of payments made as part of its operations in Africa that may trigger liability under the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA). This course book introduces students to the FCPA, provides skills primers on interviewing a witness and counseling a client, and includes fact documents that form the backbone of the Santé problem. By participating in this highly dynamic and realistic course, students will not only learn about the FCPA, but they will also engage in essential lawyering skills, including fact development and analysis, interviewing, counseling, team building, project management, and problem-solving.

Professor Information & Services

Professors who choose to adopt these textbooks can rely on innovative legal content and interactive materials to ensure that their students learn and retain information. Professors assign engaging readings as well as quizzes and assessments to help students learn the material in a meaningful way. Links to videos, external sources, and research platforms provide students with multiple layers of information and active learning environments. Professors simply link to the "readings" through their syllabi. In the classroom, professors can use the exercises and simulation materials to provide experiential learning modules, simulations, and immersive learning techniques to help students learn to engage in the practice of law. Professors can monitor their students' progress throughout the course through their professor access. Professors who are interested in any of the TeachingLaw books can request free trial access. Once a professor adopts a book for a course, that free access will be extended.

Student Information & Services

Students may purchase TeachingLaw books on their own or through a course. Registration is simple with online instructions provided through the help link. Students can surf the materials on their own or do the assigned readings linked directly from their syllabi. The "readings" include appropriate legal content, links to external sources, videos, annotated samples, and other interactive materials. In addition, students can rely on study aids, checklists, and charts to help study and retain the information. They can also take quizzes and self-assessments to test their knowledge and receive immediate feedback regarding their progress. Students appreciate the interactive materials, the affordable access, and weight-free books.