Plus Ҫa Change

Harry Edwards and I both finished law school in 1965, and his article presents an occasion to consider how much the legal academy has changed during the intervening years. Animating Judge Edwards’ complaints about the contemporary legal academy is a nostalgia for happier days. His images are of decline – of a growing disjunction between the academy and practice, of law schools’ abandoning their proper missions, of their movement toward pure theory. My own view is quite different. Except for some noteworthy demographic transformations and a healthy broadening of the academic agenda, legal education has changed little during these almost thirty years. I find this regrettable, for reasons I will sketch at the end of this comment.