Splendid Dishonesty

Stephen B. Presser, Chronicles legal-affairs editor, identifies a crisis in American legal education.  In his book Law Professors, he shows us why a newly minted graduate of an elite American law school has no clue how to handle a case or provide useful legal services.  This is not a matter of just being young or “green,” but a result of a legal academy enthralled by subjects such a critical race theory, feminist legal theory, and LGBT studies.  Students learn little about the law, but much about the professors’ views of social justice.  Unfortunately, this situation has existed for some time and is escalating.  Elite American law schools have been infected with this claptrap for decades.  Thus, there are few wizened judges brought up in an older tradition which understood that, in the author’s words, “societal order required law, law required morality, and morality required religion.”

Presser traces the legal academy’s demise through the study of 22 law professors, some of whom went on to serve on the Supreme Court, in the U.S. Congress, and in the White House.  Through the stories of these 22 men and women, Presser writes a biography of American law that is insightful, useful, and very readable.

Presser starts with Sir William Blackstone, who believed that judges were to discover existing law and make it known. ...

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