My students know all too well that I’m a music fan. One of my teaching gimmicks is to associate material to be covered in class with particular songs. I could make the pious claim that this is part of a calculated attempt to enhance student learning by creating what this source describes as a “soundtrack for a learning activity”. But, for the most part… well, I just like music.
So far this semester, we’ve had Loudon Wainwright III’s “Down Drinking at the Bar” (in the class on Lucy v. Zehmer)
…Marvin Gaye’s “I Heard it Through the Grapevine” (in the class that covered indirect revocation of an offer)
…and Simple Minds “Promised You a Miracle” (in the classes on consideration)
I thought it might be difficult to come up with something for this week’s class on promissory estoppel. One possibility is Jason Mraz’s, “You Can Rely on Me”.
A bit cheesy, maybe. Then I stumbled across a character called Josh Keesan, a 2009 BerkeleyLaw graduate. His website bio states:
“Josh Keesan, Boalt ’09, believes that there ought to be an alternative to the standard commercial study aids peddled to law students. He has toiled considerably in pursuit of this belief, and now, his selfless mission has borne fruit for law students everywhere: The Law of Rock, Vol. 1.
Put down your commercial outlines and treatises: here, for the first time, you can learn complex legal doctrines through these digestible pop-rock gems. Spend no more time puzzling over these once impenetrable concepts – the rock n’ roll antidote has arrived! On his first EP, he turns to the chestnuts of 1L year, pumps them through his infallibly infectious pop songwriting process, and ends up with songs guaranteed to boost your spirits AND your GPA.”
And, guess what, there’s a song on there that I will be urging all my students to add to their Spotify playlists and ITunes libraries… a song called “Promissory Estoppel”