Reforming legal scholarship: A therapeutic jurisprudence approach

On several occasions I have invoked the lessons of therapeutic jurisprudence (“TJ”) — a movement that examines the therapeutic and anti-therapeutic properties of law and legal practice — to examine various aspects of employment law.

Most recently I have used TJ to propose changes in the culture of American legal scholarship.  In a forthcoming law review article, I start with the proposition that for law professors, scholarly work is part of our professional practice.  I take on the culture of that practice as being obsessed with status and prestige.  Ultimately I suggest that a focus on meaning, content, and making a difference is a healthier way to look at the role of legal scholarship, and I offer ideas toward that end.

The article, “Therapeutic Jurisprudence and the Practice of Legal Scholarship,” will appear in the University of Memphis Law Review.  Last week I posted a pre-publication version, which can be downloaded here without charge.

In addition, Monash University (Australia) law professor Michael King, an international leader of the TJ movement, posted a generous review of the article for Cutting Edge Law.

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