Law: Critical Legal Times at Harvard

Of two minds in a bitter academic feud

Along the corridors of Harvard Law School, professors still refer to one another as "colleagues," but the atmosphere of late seems something less than collegial. An intellectual debate has sharpened into a feud about the shape of legal education and the legitimacy of the law itself. On one side stand the adherents of Critical Legal Studies, who charge that the American legal system and its supposedly disinterested rules are prime instruments of social injustice. On the other side are more traditional professors who contend that the faculty "crits" are waging "guerrilla warfare" at the law school. For Dean James Vorenberg, striving...

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