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Great topic poorly handled,
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This is a great idea for a book but, alas, falls very short in the execution. First, it is much broader than an analysis of what is wrong with US law schools -- it meanders off into tort cases, "public interest" law, UN NGOs, etc. and loses focus too soon. Second, it is very poorly written and full of awkward sentences and simple grammatical errors which should have been caught had even the most rudimentary editorial attention been paid to the manuscript. There are lots of interesting - and depressing! - bits, but overall the souffle fails to rise. (I am a Harvard Law graduate, '72, so was caught in the middle of many of the evil developments addressed here and am painfully aware of the many shortcomings of American legal education).
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Initial post: Aug 31, 2013 3:28:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 31, 2013 3:31:06 PM PDT
I disagree that the book was poorly written, and I think that saying it loses focus too soon demonstrates that you failed to understand the purpose of the book in the first place. The first chapter introduces a general critique that Olson sees as manifest throughout the legal academy and profession, albeit in different ways. Every chapter after that addresses different aspects of the profession he sees as negatively affected (tort law, public interest law, international law, etc.). The final chapter is a conclusion.
I really can't agree with this critique. Yes, the book addresses several topics, but they are components of, not deviations from, his broader thesis. I thought the book was accessibly written and effectively structured. Also, could you reply to this comment with a few page numbers of these numerous grammatical errors? I don't recall any...
Full disclosure, I didn't graduate from Harvard, and I've never had a souffle.
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