1Legal Education: Past, Present and FutureMartha MinowApril 5, 2010“Plato tells us that, of all kind of knowledge, the knowledge of good laws may do mostfor the learner. A deep study of the science of law, he adds, may do more than all other writing to give soundness to our judgment and stability to the state.” So explained RoscoePound in 1923, though I confess, I found this work reprinted in a 1999 2-volumecollection on The History of Legal Education in the United States: Commentaries andPrimary Sources.
As I explore the past, present, and future of legal education— I willconsider what legal knowledge enables and shifting views about what a deep study of lawentails. But I can’t help reporting something I learned while researching that 2 volumecollection on the History of Legal Education in the United States.I decided to explore the feature on Amazon—“customers who bought this item also bought”—which apparently uses the same algorithm as the Facebook “friending” program—and I found that people who bought Steve Sheppard’s 2 volumes of TheHistory of Legal Education in the United States: Commentaries and Primary Sourcesalso bought:
Roscoe Pound, the Work of the American Law School (1923), reprinted in SteveShepperd, II The History of Legal Education in the United States 678 (1999). Poundcontinued, “If we are to do our duty by the common law in the 20
century, we mustmake it a living system of doing justice for the society of today and tomorrow, as theframers of our polity made of the traditional materials of their generation an instrument of justice for that time and ours.” Id., at 687.