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January 14, 2014

Leiter on history of american legal education (in a nutshell)

by Dan Rodriguez

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.

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