Leiter on history of american legal education (in a nutshell)
valuable post by Prof. Brian Leiter of U. Chicago, highlighting some key themes in the development of legal education. (We forgive Brian for fashioning this post as a bit of a commercial for UC). Principal point is absolutely right: Realist shift, exemplified well by the rise of law & economics in the past half century, is embedded into the way in which we teach our students. This is not only (or even principally) an intellectual contribution, but fundamentally a contribution to how our students will practice law in the real world — a point that often goes missing in the effort to bracket law’s intellectual discourse from our aim to provide “practice-ready” students.
To dig further into the developments of the first third or so of this era, I recommend a book by my former Texas colleague, David Rabban, Law’s History: American Legal Thought and the Transatlantic Turn to History.