Tuesday, March 13, 2012
Richard K. Neumann Jr. (Hofstra), Comparative Histories of Professional Education: Osler, Langdell, and the Atelier:
Almost simultaneously in the late nineteenth century, medicine, law, and architecture entered the university as subjects of serious study. But they entered in different ways and on different terms. This article traces the parallel histories of the casebook classroom, the teaching hospital, and the architectural design studio. The comparison shows how and why legal education diverged from norms being established in the other two fields. The divergence left legal education stronger within universities than it otherwise might have been, but it also left it relatively insulated from its own profession and vulnerable to later discontent.
(Hat Tip: Legal Skills Prof Blog (here and here).]