Dr. Daniel N. Clay

Legal Scholar, Educator, and Advisor

Teaching Philosophy

As an academic and legal scholar, I am guided by a simple philosophy:

Wisdom is not a product of schooling, but of the lifelong attempt to acquire it.” – A. Einstein.

To that end, I, like my students, am merely a traveler through life, seeking knowledge for the betterment of myself and society as a whole. As such, I consider the classroom an ongoing conversation between the intellectually curious designed to elicit truth within the discipline and challenge the prejudices and morals of my fellow travelers. To facilitate this conversation, I cultivate an encouraging and positive environment through the purest form of the Socratic Method that respects the cultural climate of the classroom and recognizes, respects, and celebrates differences among the students.

However, I am not blind to the pressures imposed upon students, instructors, and educational institutions to produce competent, well-trained, practice-ready professionals who possess the ability to think critically and creatively. Thus, using a variety of online and offline platforms as well as text and personal experiences/expertise, my courses (including assignments, research papers, and exams) are equal parts: theory, application, and, when appropriate, career-training. As a professional, I will never stop my pursuit of wisdom in my academic passion – the law. In leading by example and cultivating an environment fostering intellectual curiosity, I believe my students are encouraged to do the same, to the ultimate benefit of the discipline and their growth as individuals.