Re: Law Schools

I’m not sure if it’s been mentioned already, but David French has a fine article at the NAS website on how law schools fail to provide an adequate education for future lawyers. It’s based on his own experience at Harvard Law, and is part of a section on law schools in the Summer issue of Academic Questions. The section also includes a short article on the growth of originalism by Robert Bork and a long article “Originalism in the Classroom” by David F. Forte, which, among other things, examines constitutional-law textbooks for their treatment of originalism. Also, not in the issue but at the website, David French and Charles Rounds do a pro and con on the value of law-school clinics in providing hands-on training.

Also, did you know that Joseph Flom, famous partner in the famous law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher and Flom, got into Harvard Law without a bachelor’s degree? He had done just two years of night school at City College. That has to be apropos of a lot of what we discuss here.  

Most Popular

Politics & Policy

Students’ Anti-Gun Views

Are children innocents or are they leaders? Are teenagers fully autonomous decision-makers, or are they lumps of mental clay, still being molded by unfolding brain development? The Left seems to have a particularly hard time deciding these days. Take, for example, the high-school students from Parkland, ... Read More

Romney Is a Misfit for America

Mitt’s back. The former governor of Massachusetts and occasional native son of Michigan has a new persona: Mr. Utah. He’s going to bring Utah conservatism to the whole Republican party and to the country at large. Wholesome, efficient, industrious, faithful. “Utah has a lot to teach the politicians in ... Read More
Law & the Courts

What the Second Amendment Means Today

The horrifying school massacre in Parkland, Fla., has prompted another national debate about guns. Unfortunately, it seems that these conversations are never terribly constructive — they are too often dominated by screeching extremists on both sides of the aisle and armchair pundits who offer sweeping opinions ... Read More

Fire the FBI Chief

American government is supposed to look and sound like George Washington. What it actually looks and sounds like is Henry Hill from Goodfellas: bad suit, hand out, intoning the eternal mantra: “F*** you, pay me.” American government mostly works by interposition, standing between us, the free people at ... Read More
Film & TV

Black Panther’s Circle of Hype

The Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU) first infantilizes its audience, then banalizes it, and, finally, controls it through marketing. This commercial strategy, geared toward adolescents of all ages, resembles the Democratic party’s political manipulation of black Americans, targeting that audience through its ... Read More