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The Law Professor as Schizophrenic

dc.contributor.authorSherry, Suzanna
dc.identifier.citation3 Green Bag 2D 273 (2000)en_US
dc.descriptionarticle published in law journalen_US
dc.description.abstractNeal Devins says that we don't put political science into our casebooks and Gerald Rosenberg levels the same charge at our scholarship. And so it has fallen to me to defend the ranks of law professors from these scurrilous accusations. Unfortunately, I can't do it: Rosenberg, at least, is largely right. Rosenberg's delightful little polemic has accurately diagnosed the problem. Law professors as a group are too arrogant, too disdainful of empirical information in favor of grand abstractions, and appallingly willing to write in disciplines of which they are woefully ignorant. There are many exceptions, of course: with or without additional degrees, some law professors are competent - even excellent - historians, political scientists, economists, sociologists, and the like. But too many of us adopt the "law professor as astrophysicist" model: we think we can master any field in the time it takes to research and write an article. It doesn't help, as Rosenberg points out, that we rarely learn from our students and that we allow them. complete authority qver scholarly publications.en_US
dc.format.extent1 PDF (6 pages)en_US
dc.publisherGreen Bag 2Den_US
dc.subject.lcshLaw teachersen_US
dc.subject.lcshLearning and scholarshipen_US
dc.subject.lcshRosenberg, Gerald N.en_US
dc.subject.lcshDevins, Nealen_US
dc.subject.lcshLaw schoolsen_US
dc.titleThe Law Professor as Schizophrenicen_US

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