Rethinking Legal Education

56 Pages Posted: 30 Mar 2014

Date Written: September 28, 1990

Abstract

The time has come to rethink legal education. I contend that it lacks a soul -- a soullessness that is a consequence of our absorption in and preoccupation with the words of the law and how those words (and their meanings) are manipulated. Law schools' focus on "law-words" is more that a glorification of glibness. It tends to convince students of two things: that words are talismanic keys to the kingdom of wealth and prestige, and that morality does not count. Students learn in the space of three years that "good" legal arguments can be adduced for either side of any case and that what wins lawsuits is the most sophisticated legal argument -- not what is right, true or just. The students, in short, absorb the lesson of moral relativism, and it stay with many of them throughout their careers as practitioners.

Keywords: Legal Educations, Law Schools, Law Students

Suggested Citation

D'Amato, Anthony, Rethinking Legal Education (September 28, 1990). Marquette Law Review, Vol. 74, No. 1, 1990. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2417527

Anthony D'Amato (Contact Author)

Northwestern University - Pritzker School of Law ( email )

375 E. Chicago Ave
Chicago, IL 60611
United States

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