Some Realism About Realism in Teaching About the Legal Profession

The New Legal Realism: Translating Law-and-Society for Today's Legal Practice, Vol. I: Putting Law in its Place: The New Legal Realist Project; Macaulay, Mertz & Mitchell, Eds., 2015, Forthcoming

UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2015-51

Southwestern Law School Research Paper No. 2015-11

22 Pages Posted: 9 May 2015  

Ann Southworth

University of California, Irvine School of Law

Bryant Garth

University of California-Irvine; American Bar Foundation

Catherine Fisk

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law

Date Written: May 7, 2015

Abstract

UC Irvine Law School has adopted a first-year course designed to introduce students to the rich empirical literature on the legal profession and to give them an understanding of practice realities and critical perspectives on those practices. It also seeks to provide students with information about the social and cultural contexts of law practice that they will find useful as they navigate their careers. This chapter describes and assesses the course and our experience while teaching it.

Suggested Citation

Southworth, Ann and Garth, Bryant and Fisk, Catherine, Some Realism About Realism in Teaching About the Legal Profession (May 7, 2015). The New Legal Realism: Translating Law-and-Society for Today's Legal Practice, Vol. I: Putting Law in its Place: The New Legal Realist Project; Macaulay, Mertz & Mitchell, Eds., 2015, Forthcoming; UC Irvine School of Law Research Paper No. 2015-51; Southwestern Law School Research Paper No. 2015-11. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2603813

Ann Southworth (Contact Author)

University of California, Irvine School of Law ( email )

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Bryant Garth

University of California-Irvine ( email )

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Catherine L. Fisk

University of California, Berkeley - School of Law ( email )

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