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How the Law School Fails: A Polemic

  title={How the Law School Fails: A Polemic},
  author={Duncan McLean Kennedy},
  journal={Yale Review of Law and Social Action},
  • D. Kennedy
  • Published 1971
  • Education
  • Yale Review of Law and Social Action
"You tell me it's the institution .... " Lennon/McCartney To the committed empiricist, the pages which follow will seem no more credible than a child's tortured dream. Yet even the committed empirist must recognize that for the time being at least there are areas inaccessible to him, areas where what passes for knowledge must be no more than a network of intuitions and theories dimly grasped. The current "malaise" at the Law School is a subject which lies in such an area. Faculty and student… 

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Neither Here nor There: Of the Female in American Legal Education

  • L. Obiora
  • Sociology
    Law & Social Inquiry
  • 1996
In this Critical Review Essay, Professor Obiora brings together work from many traditions to address the issue of how differences among students beyond gender–and, in particular, differences in terms

Ethics in Legal Education and Training: Four Reports, Three Jurisdictions and a Prospectus

Professional work is defined by a concern for moral issues. The pervasive rationale for legal education, curiously, in most of its manifestations, is that it teaches students to think like lawyers.1

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A Menace to Society : Radicalism and Legal Scholarship in the United States, Scandinavia, and Finland, 1965-1980

and formal in order to mask the reality. 210 In modern society, however, the political reality had to delimit democracy in order to maintain the capitalist mode of production. 211 Therefore, the