A Few Thoughts On Legal Education: Law At The End Of The Day

A while back I posted Ann Althouse’s quote on legal education: 

“…I feel sympathetic toward young people who go to law school for the purpose of acquiring that tools to use toward the ends they select and who then encounter a complicated critique of the law. I think law students expect us law professors to give them things they can use. They may feel outraged if we tear apart the system they are devoting themselves to learning how to work within. We need to respect their autonomy, even as we challenge them.”

Full post here.

Here is another take on the matter from Law At The End Of The Day.  Recommended.

A few key quotes:

The dynamics of institutional change within the academy has been liberated from the bar.”

“…academic law will become as free from the practice of law, as law making in the United States has become free from its “primitive” common law past.”

Are we just witnessing a larger shift away from more established traditions of the law, towards an undefined future free (with many moral and ethical obligations of course) to be made?  I find this view fairly progressive, and I wonder what some of the deeper ideas that guide such a progressivism might be? 

Addition:  It should be noted that Backer’s essay is a critique of The Carnegie Foundation’s Study, and largely examines its ideas.

Citation:  Larry Cata Backer: “A Critical Reading of the Carnegie Foundation’s Study of Legal Education: “Educating Lawyers: Preparation for the Profession of Law” 02/05/08…available at http://lcbackerblog.blogspot.com/2008/02/critical-reading-of-carnegie.html.  Lawyers!

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