Interdisciplinarity and the Discipline of Law

31 Pages Posted: 5 Jul 2004

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Douglas W. Vick

University of Stirling - Department of Accounting and Finance


This article concerns the effects of interdisciplinary research conducted by academic lawyers on the legal discipline itself. It discusses the intellectual tension between the modes of legal analysis traditionally used by academic lawyers and the approach taken by interdisciplinary scholars, and how this tension is rooted in the challenges interdisciplinarity poses to widely-accepted notions about the purposes of legal scholarship and the relationship between academic lawyers and the legal profession. The article considers the implications of legal interdisciplinarity in light of the cultural context from which legal interdisciplinarians emerge and how the relationship between legal scholarship and legal practice ultimately guarantees the continued existence of a distinct and coherent disciplinary identity for law.

Suggested Citation

Vick, Douglas W., Interdisciplinarity and the Discipline of Law. Journal of Law and Society, Vol. 31, No. 2, pp. 163-193, June 2004. Available at SSRN:

Douglas W. Vick (Contact Author)

University of Stirling - Department of Accounting and Finance ( email )

Stirling, Scotland FK9 4LA
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