Woodcut of the monastery and the city of Sankt Gallen
|1. Gratian began teaching canon law by using the case law method (The Christopher Columbus Langdell of Bologna). Gratian was the first jurist to use this methodology for an entire work.||2. He began teaching canon law in the early twelfth century as Adam Vetulani had conjectured fifty years ago. His purpose: Teaching, teaching, teaching.|
|3. With the expansion of the Decretum in subsequent recensions Gratian attempted to make his work a comprehensive source of canonical sources.||
4. Gratian's "hypothetical" remains an important element of law school education through the literary genre of "Questiones."