Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Practice of Legal Scholarship
David C. Yamada
Suffolk University Law School
April 6, 2010
University of Memphis Law Review, Vol. 41, p. 121, 2010
Suffolk University Law School Research Paper No. 10-20
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.
Number of Pages in PDF File: 36
Keywords: Legal Scholarship, Law Reviews, Legal Education, Therapeutic Jurisprudence
Date posted: April 6, 2010 ; Last revised: November 2, 2010