Law School Malpractice

Law School Daze

In lawyer circles, the story is oft told of the naive, first-year law student asking the constitutional law professor for a copy of the Constitution, and the professor’s “you idiot”-intoned reply: “You won’t need that here; we’re studying constitutional law, not the Constitution.” The anecdote is amusing, but it also reflects a grim reality.

For two generations now, law professors have inculcated law students with the notion that the Constitution itself is irrelevant—a riddle, wrapped in an enigma, inside a mystery, a dead hand of the past; and that only trained lawyers and jurists are able to give it the flesh and blood of modern meaning, to make it a “living, breathing,” even “evolving” document, as liberals are fond of saying.

Published in: on November 12, 2015 at 3:55 pm  Leave a Comment  

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