Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Practice of Legal Scholarship

36 Pages Posted: 6 Apr 2010 Last revised: 2 Nov 2010

Date Written: April 6, 2010


The culture of legal scholarship has become preoccupied with article placement, citations, and download numbers, thus obscuring a deeper appreciation for the contributions of scholarly work. This article proposes that therapeutic jurisprudence (“TJ”), a theoretical framework that examines the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic properties of the law and legal practice, provides us with tools for understanding and changing that culture.

More prescriptively, the article applies a TJ lens to: (1) identify a set of good practices for legal scholarship; (2) examine the TJ movement as an example of healthy scholarly practice; (3) consider the role of law professors as intellectual activists; and, (4) propose that law schools nurture a scholar-practitioner orientation in their students to help them become more engaged members of the legal profession.

Keywords: Legal Scholarship, Law Reviews, Legal Education, Therapeutic Jurisprudence

Suggested Citation

Yamada, David C., Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Practice of Legal Scholarship (April 6, 2010). University of Memphis Law Review, Vol. 41, p. 121, 2010, Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 10-20, Available at SSRN:

David C. Yamada (Contact Author)

Suffolk University Law School ( email )

120 Tremont Street
Boston, MA 02108-4977
United States

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