seems to me the usefulness of the socratic method is largely professor dependent. my crim professor, for example, will call on one student and ask him to recite every single idiosyncratic detail (step-wise) from the case. as we're all bright-eyed bushy-tailed first year law students, we have caught on very quickly and subsequently spend a lot of time briefing those cases, making sure every single idiosyncratic detail that we know the professor is going to ask about is accessible.
is this helpful or educational? not in the least
You have every right to hate the Socratic method. As a matter of law, Socrates was nothing else but a despicable pederast who was put to death for that!
OMG, we did not know Socrates was a m u t h a @ # ! * i n g f a g!