Law in the Liberal Arts

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"Should law be left to the lawyers? Is legal education properly understood as technical education? Law in the Liberal Arts answers no and suggests that our society is not well served by the current professionalization of legal knowledge. An ideal approach to legal education, in Austin Sarat's view, would open up law and legal knowledge by making them the proper objects of inquiry in the liberal arts." The contributors to this book aim to assess the place of legal scholarship in the liberal arts by asking whether and how legal research and ...
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Overview

"Should law be left to the lawyers? Is legal education properly understood as technical education? Law in the Liberal Arts answers no and suggests that our society is not well served by the current professionalization of legal knowledge. An ideal approach to legal education, in Austin Sarat's view, would open up law and legal knowledge by making them the proper objects of inquiry in the liberal arts." The contributors to this book aim to assess the place of legal scholarship in the liberal arts by asking whether and how legal research and pedagogy are different in liberal arts settings than they are in law schools.
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"Sarat and his colleagues have done a superb job of defending law as a liberal art, differentiating it from law as vocational training while never losing sight of the noble purpose served by each."—R. J. Steamer, Choice, September 2005

"Should a liberal arts education exclude the study of law? In this fascinating collection, leading law and society scholars argue that the study of law raises basic moral, philosophical, and political questions. They offer provocative ideas about where and how law should fit into a liberal arts education. This book is essential reading for anyone seeking a new perspective on liberal arts education or the possibilities of education in the law."—Sally Engle Merry, Wellesley College

"I found Law in the Liberal Arts to be a welcome contribution: it is creatively conceived, provocative, and edifying. The chapters are interesting and intelligent; it was rewarding to engage them, think through issues long on the periphery of my intellectual consciousness, and take in some new insights and points of reference."—Michael W. McCann, University of Washington

"Austin Sarat and the contributors to this collection make engaging arguments in favor of legal education as education and law as central to liberal arts education in the United States today."—Carol J. Greenhouse, Princeton University

"Law in the Liberal Arts makes a persuasive argument that teaching law should have a central place in the liberal arts. It also makes the more radical claim that our understanding of law needs to be rescued from the law schools. If learning to think like a lawyer is what law school teaches, we also need to step outside the practice of the law and bring to bear on its study critical theory and disciplines of reading learned in the liberal arts."—Peter Brooks, University of Virginia

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780801489051
  • Publisher: Cornell University Press
  • Publication date: 8/1/2005
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Pages: 212
  • Product dimensions: 6.24 (w) x 9.32 (h) x 0.48 (d)

Table of Contents

Situating legal scholarship in the liberal arts : an introduction 1
1 Perspectives on legal scholarship in the liberal arts
Defending liberal education from the law 17
The liberal arts, legal scholarship, and the democratic critique of judicial power 41
On not leaving law to the lawyers 69
Crossing boundaries : from disciplinary perspectives to an integrated conception of legal scholarship 84
2 Examples of legal scholarship in the liberal arts
Meaning what you say 109
Teaching civil liberties as a branch of political theory : tolerance versus respect 140
Romancing the quotation 155
"Termes queinte of lawe" and quaint fantasies of literature 166
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