“Even those who disagree with Brian Z. Tamanaha and challenge his analyses will be participating in a conversation shaped by his contentions. Failing Law Schools presents a comprehensive case for the negative side of the legal education debate and I am sure that many legal academics and every law school dean will be talking about it.”
(Stanley Fish, Florida International University College of Law 2012-03-01)
“Legal education is a broken, failed, even corrupt enterprise. It exalts and enriches law professors at the expense of lawyers, the legal profession, and most of all the students whose tuition dollars finance the entire scheme. With hard numbers and piercing insights, Brian Z. Tamanaha tells the disturbing, scandalous truth. His book is essential reading for anyone who is even contemplating law school, much less committing to a career in law teaching. With any luck, his book will inspire law professors and law school deans who have no other career options to subject themselves to the deepest levels of ethical introspection, the better to lead legal education back into the service of its true stakeholders.”
(James Chen, University of Louisville)
“Failing Law Schools is destined to have an enormous impact on the future of legal education. … [T]his will turn out to be the definitive account of just how out-of-balance the existing model of legal education has become.”
(William Henderson, Indiana University Maurer School of Law)
"Tamanaha’s book is both thoughtful and damning, made all the more persuasive because he is an experienced and respected academic who builds his argument carefully step by step with an insider’s understanding. It’s definitely worth a careful read—and for defenders of the status quo, a thoughtful response."
(Orin Kerr The Volokh Conspiracy
"I would certainly encourage a prospective law student, especially one not likely to get into one of the very top schools, to read this book."
(Brian Leiter, University of Chicago 2012-05-10)
"An essential title for anyone thinking of law school or concerned with America's dysfunctional legal system."
About the Author
Brian Z. Tamanaha is the William Gardiner Hammond Professor of Law at the Washington University School of Law and the author of six books, including A General Jurisprudence of Law and Society, Law as a Means to an End, and Beyond the Formalist-Realist Divide.