Law School: Legal Education in America from the 1850s to the 1980s [1983]

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The American law school is both powerful and mystifying. It is assumed to be at the center of professional power in the American establishment. Yet the centrality of law in American life has put the law school at the very core of debates about the role of the profession and about the nature of law itself. In this disarmingly frank social history, Robert Stevens shows how the rise of the law school helped the legal profession emerge as a significant force in American life. ...
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Overview

The American law school is both powerful and mystifying. It is assumed to be at the center of professional power in the American establishment. Yet the centrality of law in American life has put the law school at the very core of debates about the role of the profession and about the nature of law itself. In this disarmingly frank social history, Robert Stevens shows how the rise of the law school helped the legal profession emerge as a significant force in American life.
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  • ISBN-13: 9781584771999
  • Publisher: Lawbook Exchange, Limited, The
  • Publication date: 9/28/2001
  • Edition description: FAC
  • Pages: 350

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue xiii
1 Once Upon a Time 3
2 Law, Lawyers, and Law Schools 20
3 Harvard Decrees the Structure and Content 35
4 Harvard Sets the Style 51
5 The Market Explodes 73
6 The Establishment Attempts to Control the Market 92
7 Standoff: Redlich, Reed, and Root 112
8 The Legal Culture and Legal Theory: The Social Sciences and All That 131
9 Intellectual Excitement for the Few: Realism and Reality 155
10 Rising Standards for the Many 172
11 The Rush to Excellence: The Worm's-Eye View 191
12 The Law Schools after 1945: Paradigmatic Structure and Reinvention of the Wheel 205
13 The Profession and the Law Schools: Radicalism, Affluence, and OPEC 232
14 Lawyers, Legal Theory, and Faith 264
Bibliography 289
Index 315
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