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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Histories of American Law Schools

Alfred S. Konefsky and John Henry Schlegel
Harvard Law Review
Vol. 95, No. 4 (Feb., 1982), pp. 833-851
DOI: 10.2307/1340778
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/1340778
Page Count: 19
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Mirror, Mirror on the Wall: Histories of American Law Schools
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Abstract

Numerous histories of law schools have been published in the last twenty-five years. In this Comment, Professors Konefsky and Schlegel review the field and discover a disturbing similarity. Rather than providing us with detailed knowledge of the unique characteristics of individual institutions and their inhabitants or the social context in which they are embedded, these histories reduce to carbon-copy tributes to the rise of the American law professor and the establishment of his preserve - the full-time, three-year, graduate program of pure law. The authors suggest the importance of, and provide some guidance for, serious scholarly inquiry in the area.

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