Law in the Liberal Arts

Law in the Liberal Arts

by Austin Sarat (Editor)

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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.

Legal education in the United States is generally located in law schools dedicated to professional training. Sarat believes that this situation impoverishes our ability to see the complex relations of law, culture, and society in all their variety and to connect theorizing about law with its application in the humanities and social sciences. 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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780801489051
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 08/15/2005
Edition description: New Edition
Pages: 212
Product dimensions: 6.12(w) x 9.25(h) x 0.45(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Austin Sarat is William Nelson Cromwell Professor of Jurisprudence and Political Science at Amherst College. He has served as President of the Association for the Study of Law, Culture, and the Humanities and of the Law and Society Association. He is the author of When the State Kills: Capital Punishment and the American Condition, and from Cornell, editor of Law in the Liberal Arts and coeditor of Looking Back at Law's Century.

What People are Saying About This

Carol J. Greenhouse

"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."

Sally Engle Merry

"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."

Michael W. McCann

"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."

Peter Brooks

"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."

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