Admiralty is potentially one of the richest subjects in the law school curriculum. This claim may be received skeptically by those who have neither taught nor taken the course. Yet my experience as a student in, and teacher of, the course confirms my belief that Admiralty holds that promise, especially if it is presented not simply as a vehicle to train the relatively few who hope to become maritime lawyers, but as an opportunity for students with different aspirations to explore some of the most interesting issues in law. As a crosscutting course, Admiralty offers a chance to integrate materials and concepts from other classes, including civil procedure, torts, contracts, property, constitutional law, choice of law, and federal courts. It offers a comparative lens through which to view rules and principles in land law and accordingly achieve a better understanding of doctrine explored in earlier courses. And it provides a venue to consider, in an admiralty context, some of the most interesting questions that arise across the curriculum.
Goldstein, Joel K., Beyond the Tide: Beginning Admiralty with the Steamboat Magnolia. Saint Louis University Law Journal, Vol. 55, No. 521, 2011. Reprinted with permission of the Saint Louis University Law Journal © 20__ and/or 19__,St. Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri.