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Comparative Histories of Professional Education: Osler, Langdell, and the Atelier

40 Pages Posted: 6 Mar 2012  

Richard K. Neumann Jr.

Hofstra University - School of Law

Date Written: March 5, 2012

Abstract

Almost simultaneously in the late nineteenth century, medicine, law, and architecture entered the university as subjects of serious study. But they entered in different ways and on different terms. This article traces the parallel histories of the casebook classroom, the teaching hospital, and the architectural design studio. The comparison shows how and why legal education diverged from norms being established in the other two fields. The divergence left legal education stronger within universities than it otherwise might have been, but it also left it relatively insulated from its own profession and vulnerable to later discontent.

Keywords: legal education, medical education, architectural education, casebook, teaching hospital, design studio, Langdell, Osler

Suggested Citation

Neumann, Richard K., Comparative Histories of Professional Education: Osler, Langdell, and the Atelier (March 5, 2012). Hofstra Univ. Legal Studies Research Paper No. 12-10. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2016462 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2016462

Richard K. Neumann Jr. (Contact Author)

Hofstra University - School of Law ( email )

121 Hofstra University
Hempstead, NY 11549
United States

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