With so many law schools around the world, including in Australia, now offering the J.D., readers might like to check out the draft article by Anders Walker, “Bramble Bush Revisited: Karl Llewellynm, the Great Depression, and the First Law School Crisis, 1929-1939” recently posted at SSRN (my thanks to the Faculty Lounge for drawing it to my attention).
Overall a very good article. It is wide ranging in coverage, including discussion of the history of the modern American law school, the case method, and the eventual move towards the post graduate J.D. One small criticism is that I would like to have seen more discussion of the role of nineteenth century German legal science in the development of the case method.
The article also raises many interesting questions about teaching skills, interdisciplinary studies, the fit with the rest of the university and other issues directly relevant to contemporary discussions about the future of law school education.
A great classic article that may compliment this history is Robert W. Gordon’s, “The Geologic Strata of the Law School Curriculum”, 60 Vand. L. Rev. 339 (2007). That article shows clearly the historic relationship between past changes to law school curricula and then trendy or contentious legal issues.
By Colin B. Picker.