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The Bramble Bush: The Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School

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ISBN-10: 0195368452
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"If you have any doubt about your level of skill, interest, or readiness to study the law, purchase and read a copy of The Bramble Bush-The Classic Lectures on the Law and Law School, now updated and published anew in 2008 by Oxford University Press. Law school is a bramble bush. You need to prepare yourself for the reality of its experience. [Llewellyn's] The Bramble Bush offers rich and nuanced answers to questions about what the law is, the case system, the nature of law school, and your legal studies beyond the first year. You will greatly benefit if you let Professor Llewellyn (with Professor Sheppard's essential assistance) take you by the hand for this journey."

--Brad Dobeck, President, PrelawAdvisor.com


"Karl Llewellyn was one of the greatest legal minds of the twentieth century, and The Bramble Bush is one of his classics-illuminating and even indispensable reading for each generation of law students and lawyers, and wonderful for general readers as well." -- Cass R. Sunstein, Karl N. Llewellyn Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago Law School


"...one of the greatest works ever written on the nature of law and legal education. In a sometimes sharp, sometime whimsical, always brilliant analysis, Llewellyn offers invaluable insights to anyone contemplating the study of law." -- Geoffrey Stone, Edward H. Levi Distinguished Service Professor, The University of Chicago Law School


"The Bramble Bush reads to me today as it read to me three decades ago as a law student: fresh, brassy, irreverent, impudent, and brilliant. To suggest that the study of law should focus on how and why judges and officials and lawyers in the real world actually behave in our legal system! To suggest that law is not simply an arid matrix of rules and theories and principles! The nerve! In this time in the history of legal education in which law schools are reinventing themselves, we would all do well to read The Bramble Bush again and again." --Rodney A. Smolla, Dean and Professor of Law, Washington and Lee University School of Law


About the Author

Karl N. Llewellyn was a revered law professor who taught for most of his career at Columbia Law School and the University of Chicago. Renowned as a scholar in many fields, he was a principal author of the Uniform Commercial Code, the nationwide system of commercial law still followed throughout the United States. Steve Sheppard is the William H. Enfield Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas. Among his writings, he is the coauthor, with George Fletcher, of American Law in a Global Context: The Basics, also published by Oxford University Press.
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 230 pages
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press (April 15, 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0195368452
  • ISBN-13: 978-0195368451
  • Product Dimensions: 9.1 x 0.7 x 6.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,870 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The Bramble Bush is a collection of lectures given by Karl N. Llewellyn to incoming law school students. These lectures were originally given at Columbia Law School in 1929 and 1930,. The lectures have been in print more or less continuously since then. This edition, 2008, has been, according to its editors slightly tweaked. Exactly what this mean I know not.

The purpose of this book was to direct law students on the philosophy of being a successful law student and on the progression they should experience as they become more learned students of the law. Included are some practical thoughts on how the law works and the role of law and lawyers in the larger world.

I am not a lawyer and have little interest in becoming a law student. My purpose in reading this short book (177 pages) was to gain insight in how lawyers are taught to think about their profession. Part of what made this older text more interesting to me was that the speaker was addressing the topic before it was painted, or tainted by contemporary politics.

As a member of a general audience rather than the targeted audience, I liked what Professor LLewllyn has to say. The process of immersing yourself in the law and training yourself to conduct exhaustive research is a philosophy that more of us should embrace. The professor was addressing students with no access to even primitive electronic retrieval of cases and court ruling. Too much of what passes for public discourse in our day of unlimited data retrieval seems to be informed by our emotional response to pre-packaged incomplete data, designed to create that emotional response. Too many of us speak from our respective echo chambers, citing as factual, data that was custom designed to fuel our pre-existing left/right leanings.
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this is a great book. some areas i had to re-read to understand since it was in the language of the 1930s. It was a great overview of the law and how you will learn it in school. Read it if you have time but it is not necessary. Shipment was quick
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This is great summer reading for anyone preparing or considering law school! This book provides foundational information that is key to understanding the study of case law and the workings of the the American legal system.
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Fine book book for some one who is going to go to law school or who has graduated from law school.
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I bought this book on the recommendation of a professor. Unfortunately, it was a professor I did not have until second semester. I wish I had bought this book prior to starting law school. Professor Llewellen's book offers sage and timeless advice about what the practice of law really is and how to manage your studies while in law school. If you are considering law school, I highly recommend this book!
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