A Vast Image Out of Spiritus Mundi: The Existential Crisis of Law Schools
Book review; TEACHING LAW: JUSTICE, POLITICS, AND THE DEMANDS OF PROFESSIONALISM. By Robin L. West. New York: Cambridge University Press. 2014. Pp. 252. $32.99.
After years of denial, complacency, and rigid adherence to orthodoxy, some in the Catholic Church have begun to look within and ponder change. The same can be said about American law schools these days. These two institutions, often supported by the general population, negotiate between the elite and non-elite sectors of society, preach and abide by internal doctrine, facilitate transformations, serve the public at large, and help regulate behavior—just to name a few similarities. As big as they are, neither is insulated from scandal. They are not beyond criticism. Although change seems imminent, we are likely still in the rhetorical phase of the transition—and a decidedly profound period of change lies ahead.
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